Who doesn’t like to be proposed in a grand, memorable manner? We all want our proposals to be unique, spectacular, and sensational! But just how spectacular is too spectacular!?
If you asked Mr. Michael Banks of California, he’d say “there’s no such thing as too spectacular.”
The City of Morro Bay, California, tells the story of Mr. Banks who decided that he’d climb a 600-foot rock and propose to his girlfriend from the top of said rock via FaceTime.
Now, before you go all oooh and awwwweee… let us make something clear — it’s illegal to climb that rock. Owing to the dangerous nature of the cliff, climbing has been banned by the government.
However, many locals regularly take it upon themselves to do some law-breaking. Banks was one such individual with mildly illegal proclivities. What’s worse is that in his eagerness to make the experience even more thrilling, Banks chose a particularly “injudicious” route to the top.
The result? He got stuck halfway through the climb and had to be rescued … by a helicopter no less!!
The Morro Bay Fire Department released a video of the rescue operation being carried out. You can see some of its screenshots here:
If the humiliation of the entire episode wasn’t bad enough, the State has declared that Banks will pay for his rescue mission out of his own pocket, including the cost of using the chopper! There goes a substantial chunk of the money he’d been saved for his wedding. Or honeymoon!
A deep psychological problem
We know ‘All’s fair in love and war’, but surely you shouldn’t attempt to cross that clearly marked line of Law on that flimsy excuse!
But man being man (and men being men), this isn’t the first time someone tried to do something idiotic. And God bless our souls if it should be the last!
But why do we do this?
The answer is what we like to call “like mongering.”
We’re so obsessed with the social media, and the apparent fame it can bestow, that we’re ready to do the stupidest, most idiotic things for it.
From some person lying in a hospital and quoting “1 like = 1 prayer” to sharing the photo of your favorite god to 7 people in the next 7 minutes to every other example of like-mongering we come across in our social (media) life, there’s plenty of proof that our generation is going to the dogs.
That’s why we have people like Mr. Banks!
And by the way, if you’re looking for tips on how to use social media the right way (or doing parenting the right way), this mother has got it all figured out!
Now stop wasting your time on the Internet and go do some work!
Cue – the chorus of ‘hum honge kaamiyaab…’