Not sure what I expected from posting here; I understand appropriate scrutiny perfectly, but “internal memo” and “media release” just because I speak English and proofread my post?
To answer some of the questions, we can’t visit her in the hospital since I have school and he has work, not to mention I don’t have the funds to fly across the world on a whim. Country music is not remotely popular in Germany, but since the cabin crew has a few days before they fly back they attend local events and tourist attractions. He did not tell me he was planning on attending in advance, but then again he doesn’t usually tell me what he’s going to do on flights. Regarding Craigslist, I was referring to https://phiquyenchinh.org/2017/10/05/cr ... gas-event/
(link ≠ endorsement). The shot colleague’s name is Michelle, I didn’t catch her last name.
I talked to him today (recorded it on my phone), and here is the translated transcript:
Your colleague—she was shot in the lung right?
Yeah, right through the lung
Did you see it happen, did she ever send pictures?
She just messaged you?
Uh no, a [different] coworker messaged me, that it had happened, and that she’s in the hospital
And you know her, you two have flown together before?
We have flown together before
Two times I think
I don’t know—
And you know, we had planned, Friday wold have been the outbound flight to Vegas, and on Tuesday the return flight, or rather Monday, and we had arranged that we would all go to that festival on Sunday, and you know, I was here with you on Thursday, called in sick, and then she—wait, hold on, I can me check when exactly she contacted me
She messaged you on WhatsApp?
Yeah WhatsApp, hold on <checks phone>
I’m not sure if you’ve been following recent developments—
She messaged me on Monday, October 2 at 6:03 PM, so 9 AM local time, Monday morning, she messaged me
When was the shooting? Sunday evening right?
Exactly, Sunday night local time
[…] I’m wondering, did the shooting even happen?
But, I mean, they did see it happen
Do you think [your coworkers] could be lying to you?
But, I mean, this colleague specifically did tell me that they saw the corpses, and so on, and that right next to her someone was shot, head shot or whatever, I can’t really imagine that they they could be lying
[…] Do you think it could have been someone else? I mean, someone on the concert grounds, and not in the hotel?
Not really, no, because, because of the fact that he was shooting at the crowd from an elevated position, he had that kind of range, I’ll call it range, of killings
And also from the angle of impact
[…] You never really know what happened unless you were there right?
That’s right, but I’m glad I wasn’t there
I believe that
I’m really happy
Before you take issue with any specific words, I translated this and it doesn’t necessarily convey the whole intended meaning (if anyone who speaks German is interested in the recording, let me know). Anyways, in my opinion, it all either sounds very rehearsed (head shot, really, could you be more dramatic?), or as if he is rehashing what he’s seen on the news. I feel like I’m no wiser than I was before, do you guys think he is lying or that his coworkers are lying? Are they all in on it? What NotRappaport said resonated with me, it is really
convenient that she was shot in the lung and he won’t ever see her again (I specifically asked him to confirm the fact later and he replied in the affirmative).
I guess what I’ll take away from this is that the shooting probably didn’t happen, and that I should take everything he says with a huge grain of salt from now on, which really is a shame.
Finally, I refreshed the page just now, and after seeing all the hostile posts (I probably wouldn’t have bothered transcribing and writing everything up if I had initially seen them), especially from brianv, this forum really feels like an echo chamber, and anyone adding anything other than “Haha look at the CGI” will be branded a “government clown” and “scum media clown”. Did I say anything about whether it happened or didn’t happen? All I did was retell my experience and the conclusions I drew from it. I get the message loud and clear that I’m unwanted here, so Simon feel free to delete my account.