Where Did The Week Go
Ibrahim Ahmad’s Prom Proposal is the Bomb… Literally
Conveying your love, desire or infatuation for someone with a grand gesture has been a thing for a long time. I blame Lloyd Dobler. Sometimes it’s sweet and innocent, other times it’s a disaster. In a weird way, this story is a bit of both.
Ibrahim Ahmad, a La Center High senior, wanted to ask Rilea Wolfe to the prom. Instead of just walking up to her at her locker to ask, he decided to do it in front of the other students at lunchtime in a creative way. And it worked! It also didn’t.
Ahmad walked onto a stage in the cafeteria with a fake bomb strapped to his waist and held up a sign reading: “I kno it’s A little Late, But I’m kinda… THE BOMB! Rilea, Will U Be My Date To Prom?” I’m not going to even get into the whole texting verbiage he used but the whole thing was certainly creative.
Rilea said yes to the delight of the other students. School administrators however were not amused. The use of a fake bomb got Ahmad a five-day suspension as well as a ban from the school’s prom Saturday night.
“In ‘promposals,’ you’re supposed to go big,” said Ahmad. “It’s kind of a trending thing now, too, where everyone just asks in a really creative way.”
But when you strap a paintball vest to yourself along with red paper tubes attached to red wires and you happen to be of Middle-Eastern descent, some people will be a little offended by it.
“I’m Middle Eastern, and I thought the bomb was kind of funny and clever,” he said. “I wasn’t wearing the vest for more than, like, 20 seconds. I asked her, took a picture, took it off, and then the school got upset.”
School Superintendent Mark Mansell saw it a little differently.
“I want all my kids to feel safe and supported, but there’s a line,” he said. “Given the way the world is today and school safety, even if one parent or one student was upset about this, it causes issues.”
It might be a harsh punishment, but what Ahmad did was stupid. Call me simple, but just asking her in a quiet environment with no props would have sufficed. In fact, he might have pressured her into saying yes in front of all those people. He’s understandably upset by the punishment, but he also felt the need to play the race card.
“It was really unfair, and it kind of felt racist,” he said. “If anyone else did that, I feel like no one else would have gotten in trouble for it.”
No, Ahmad, you’re just an 18-year-old kid who did a dumb thing despite good intentions.
Jordan vs. Lebron Argument Leads to Arrest
The root of most arguments is usually ridiculous. I once argued with someone over Sega being better than Nintendo. Then again, I was ten at the time so such a fight was understandable. But when two grown men fight over professional basketball players, it’s time to reassess your maturity levels.
Daniel Mondelice, 22, was arrested shortly before 4:00 am last Saturday after police responded to a fight at his apartment. Mondelice is accused of assaulting another man after they got into an argument over who was better, Michael Jordan or Lebron James.
He was charged with felony aggravated assault, a misdemeanor for simple assault and a misdemeanor for making terroristic threats for good measure. He was released on bail and told not to return to the apartment.
Instead, he stayed at a woman’s apartment, got into an argument with her and was promptly arrested a second time around 6:30 pm. That’s a productive day for Mr. Mondelice.
The name of the other man Mondelice argued with the first time is unknown as well as who cited with Jordan and who went with Lebron. The answer to that question by the way is Jordan obviously. The fact that they were even debating it in the first place is egregious.
Pregnant Popeyes Manager Fired After Robbery, Rehired after Bad Press
Marissa Holcomb is five months pregnant with her fourth child so earning a living is paramount. But when she was held at gunpoint last month at the Popeyes she works at, protecting herself and her child took precedent. The robber made off with $400. But Popeyes had a problem with her “losing” that money so they told her to reimburse them or she would be fired.
“I told them I’m not paying nothing,” said Holcomb. “I just had a gun to me. I’m not paying the money.”
She was then fired. A Popeyes spokesperson told a local news outlet in Channelview, Texas that it was against company policy to have that much money in the register at any given time and that that was the reason she was fired. The rep denied hearing that she was given the option to pay the money back.
But after her story spread like wild fire on the internet, and realizing the PR nightmare they were facing, Popeyes promptly apologized to Holcomb, compensated her for her lost time at work, and offered to rehire her.
Popeyes Press release:
“As a franchisee of the Popeyes system, our organization strives to provide the best possible work experience for our employees. We clearly did not do that in this case and we have apologized to the employee personally…. We deeply regret the way this matter was handled.”
The internet is full of anonymous armchair haters but every once in a while we get a story like this to keep big companies honest.