A video of an ESPN reporter berating a towing company lot attendant has exploded online and resulted in her suspension from the sports network.
Washington D.C.-based bureau reporter Britt McHenry’s car had been towed from an Arlington, Va., restaurant earlier this month. When she went to retrieve it, she was displeased and took a nasty attitude with the cashier. First she boasts about her position and threatens the company, Advanced Towing.
“I’m in the news sweetheart, and I will [expletive] sue this place,” she said on the video, which was posted to LiveLeak.com
But after a few seconds, her insults become more direct and personal.
“Do you feel good about your job,” she asked. “So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing? Why because I have a brain and you don’t?”
Then it gets downright nasty. “Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?”
From there it gets juvenile as she takes more digs at the cashier’s dental work: “Oh, like yours, because they look so stunning. ‘Cause I’m on television and you’re in a [expletive] trailer, honey”
“I wouldn’t work in a scumbag place like this. It makes my skin crawl even being here.”
McHenry took to Twitter to express her regret, saying in part “in an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me.”
McHenry’s suspension lasts one week, ESPN says. Her company bio is here.