Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Do People Take Bomb Threats Seriously?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
Why is it whenever someone calls in a bomb threat at a school or a plane or an office building they always evacuate the place? I mean has there ever been a bomb that followed? It seems like 99.9% of the time it’s a false threat and everyone’s just inconvenienced while some jerkhead is laughing about it. Think about it why would anyone call ahead to announce a bomb? Obviously no one since the bombs never happen! Why aren’t the police smart enough to figure this out? Personally if I’m on a flight and someone calls in a bomb threat I’d say just go. Odds are it’s a lie and I refuse to be fearful of a phone call. When you add up all the time wasted and all the productivity lost and resources wasted, all the money lost from every bomb threat has probably surpassed the damage of an actual bomb! And how the hell are people still making bomb threats to this day? Shouldn’t the FBI and shit be able to just catch who’s doing it and persecute them to the fullest extent of the law to stop people from doing stupid pranks like this? -- Mia from Arlington, Texas

Dear Mia:
Well, that is true, but obviously safety comes first. You can’t take the risk even if there’s only a 0.01% chance that there is a bomb. If the threat turned out to be real that would be a huge tragedy and the people in power responsible for the decisions would lose everything. In Ireland, the IRA was known for giving warnings before their bombings so there is some precedent for the fear behind a bomb threat. As for why the FBI and police can’t catch them it’s probably just a matter of time. That’s one benefit to increased technology and government surveillance, but I think as long as there are mentally ill people there will be bomb threats. Some people don’t care if they’re caught or not, some people just do things just to feed their aberrant impulses.

A startling number of bomb threats are from people who just want to see the robot.

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