The Dangers of a Bad Pretext

The Daily Mail newspaper in the UK reports that the receptionist who was subjected to a pretext call by two Australian DJs may have committed suicide.

In the call at 5.30am on Tuesday impersonating the Queen, Miss Greig said: ‘Oh, hello there. Could I please speak to Kate please, my granddaughter?’

Thinking she was speaking to the Queen, the receptionist replied: ‘Oh yes, just hold on ma’am’.

She then put the presenters through to one of the nurses who was caring for the Duchess.

The nurse also believed she was speaking to the Queen and went on to make a number of deeply personal observations about Kate’s health.

This prank/pretext was bragged about by the two Australian DJs. This no doubt subjected the receptionist to a lot of ridicule.

The Australian DJs violated two of the three rules for doing pretext calls.

The three rules:

  1. Do not personate a living person.
  2. Do not personate a representative of any existing company (or business) or anything to do with government.
  3. Do not cause anybody to be concerned for their own safety or the wellbeing of any person, business, company, or property.

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