Sigh. Tragedy in the region here, two 17 YO boys were flying down a country road in a 2002 Jaguar convertible, major wreck into fence, trees, and farm equipment, both dead. Early signs are there was alcohol involved. Of course the local news goes right to FB to collect up photos.
I checked it out and am just sickened. The young driver was given a $65K+ GMC Denali monster truck for his 16th b-day last spring, and has many photos of him with a very expensive speed boat and snowmobiles, this young man loved his toys and was well fed with them. I am not sure if parents are compensating for a divorce or mom was widowed with a large life insurance policy or maybe they won the lottery, can't really tell why they would load this kid up with crazy levels of stuff. Still, I am sure that they would trade every last toy to have their boy and his friend back.
Still, what struck me is the massive level of show-off that was on the page, classic stuff that this entire thread is devoted to. Look, more toys! Look, more trips! Look how shiny and fake everything is! But now add "we are sorry for your loss!" from strangers and friends alike. Aya, yes, that is the truth, so sorry, it is such a tragedy and I can't imagine what they are going through right now.
Someone commented on FB that he didn't take the monster truck that day and drove the Jag instead to save on gas. I can't even begin with that. At that speed they would still have been dead, but the crazy idea of saving a few nickels on gas when they have about $200K work of stuff sitting there for the kid just doesn't compute. And I feel bad for judging.
A lesson here: if anything happens to you or yours the local news (and looky lous and snoops like me) are going directly to FB to paw through your world and judge you, where they (I) have no right to be. But maybe these kids would still be alive if there wasn't such an obsession with buying shiny shit. Maybe, maybe, maybe not. Godspeed.