Online bullies are pretty tough so long as they've got their keyboard and anonymity to hide behind. But expose those buggers to the light and they scream, scurry -- and even cry, as this New York Fire Department EMS Lieutenant Timothy Dluhos did after reportedly being outed behind a string of offensive and racist tweets that he sent out with a picture of Adolf Hitler as his profile shot. But when confronted by a reporter asking about his idiotic tweets, he broke down and began to blubber -- and it was all captured on camera.
Dluhos reportedly sent out tweets insulting Asians, Jews, and African-Americans. He called called black people "colored," and Asians "chinks." And despite proudly standing by Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a ceremony, he called him "King Jew" and "King Heeb." "Too bad he didn’t have rabies or AIDS and too bad he didn’t bite King Heeb’s face off," he reportedly tweeted about the time a groundhog bit Bloomberg at the zoo.
He made offensive jokes about Asians who can't drive, posted insults about blacks and black neighborhoods, and wrote that his "most prized possession" was his "gold Nazi-era pin with a German U-boat and a swastika." He also posted photos of naked obese women, guns he claimed to have in his home, and his own toddler son with his pants hanging below his underwear.
But all of that moronic and immature swagger collapsed when confronted by the New York Post outside of his house. He began bawling like a baby. "There has got to be a lot worse out there than me," he reportedly told the Post between sobs. "My life is ruined. Oh, my God, I'm sorry." Yeah, sorry about being caught. He seems to have a lot of mercy for his own actions -- but none for anyone else's, blaming his tweets on "gangs" who "ruin families."
He then goes on to say that he "doesn't hate anybody," and that his stepfather is Jewish. So doesn't that make you more ashamed?!
After blubbering, Dluhos said he would go enjoy his "last day on the job." I hope so. I know if I were black, Asian, or Jewish, and I was relying on this guy to save my life, I'd be very worried!
No one else would get away with these kinds of comments. You think even a waitress wouldn't be fired over these kinds of tweets? She would. Why should he be any different? Not to mention that the FDNY, reeling from another racist tweets scandal, has explicitly told its workers to stay off social media. When will people learn Twitter is public?
That said, I hope this poor excuse for an EMS worker (and a man, period) gets the help he so clearly needs and learns to channel his anger into something more positive, and learns to overcome the poor self-image that drives him to bully others so he might feel good about himself.
What do you think should happen to this FDNY EMS lieutenant?
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