A sad story out of England, where an Irish lawyer was found dead in her home just days after she was released from prison for spitting on an Air India flight attendant.
Simone Burns had a few too many on an Air India flight from Mumbai to London last November. When flight attendants finally cut her off, she became irate. Among other insults, she proclaimed:
I’m a f***ing international lawyer!
I have done so much for you f***ing Indians and f***ing Pakistanis, you should be grateful to me!
But what really got her in trouble was when she followed up her verbal abuse by spitting in the face of a FA after he denied her a fourth bottle of wine. All of it was captured on video.
Burns was arrested, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and assault, and sentenced to six months in prison. She was released, in late May, after two months. Friends say she was unable to cope with her living situation and the negative attention from internet trolls. Her suicide came just 13 days after her release.
I did not hear about this story when first reported; today is the first I’ve heard of it. It’s truly a sad testament of how one mistake can ruin our life. But even if she “got what she deserved” concerning the internet trolls who so viciously mocked her, let’s all use this as case study reminder that words can hurt tremendously. Therefore, we should always be prudent in doling out insults, keeping in mind how what we might consider harmless may be disastrous to another life.