cracker-gate, The incident which started with someone not eating a cracker and escalated into a respected science professor receiving death threats and calls for his sacking, has resulted in someone losing their job. Don't worry though, it's wasn't PZ Myers, It was one of the loving catholics who had the misfortune of giving her cretinous husband access to her work email to send a death threat to PZ Myers.
PZ decided, not long after receiving this disgusting hate mail, that he was going to publish any threats he received along with all identifying information, Such as the address it was sent from and the email headers, headers which contain IP addresses of the network of origin. This means the clever readers of pharyngula tracked down one of the people making death threats before they could even light their Sherlock Holmes pipe.
Chuck Kroll said in the email he sent from his wife's work computer that PZ had "two choices", That he could "quit your job for the good of the children. Or you can get your brains beat in", Then in true loving christian style he ended the email by calling him a "cunt".
After realising that she had kind of made a mistake in allowing her obviously cretinous and irresponsible husband access to an email account identifiable to her she fired off another email to PZ. In it Melany Kroll said that someone else must have sent the email, But that PZ shouldn't worry because the people she works with are "harmless". Yeah, Harmless, And prone to making death threats.
After an internal investigation, the Internet retailer decided to terminate Kroll's position stating; "All 1800Flowers.com associates are instructed that any misuse of company systems or equipment for personal purposes is potential grounds for dismissal".
It has been a bad week for Melanie Kroll and her husband but hopefully one in which they learned some valuable lessons. Melanie has learned that she is married to an imbecile and a liability and Chuck learned that threats, No matter how cowardly, Have consequences. PZ has found no satisfaction in the sacking of Melanie saying; "This was not my intent to get somebody fired "She apparently did something stupid, which I don't have sympathy for. I would just rather not see people getting fired over an e-mail message".
A petition has since been set up asking 1800flowers.com to reinstate Melanie Kroll by readers of Pharyngula , PZ Myers blog. I think people should sign this. Mrs Kroll wasn't necessarily to blame for the content of the email, And it would be nice to show how reasonable we can be, even in the face of death threats and idiocy.
Well done Chuck... How must you feel?