This Call May Be Recorded: Criminal Minds Fan Goes Crazy Over a Tornado Warning

In the CBS procedural Criminal Minds, a group of FBI agents does everything they can to prevent more lives from being lost. The same is true for television emergency broadcasts that try to warn people of imminent danger.

But what happens when one interrupts the other?

A breaking news report warning Texas residents of a tornado—you know, the destructive windstorms that lay waste to everything in their paths, leaving people homeless and possibly worse—interrupted the season finale of Criminal Minds earlier this month, and one woman was not pleased. So she decided to make a phone call (we assume to the local CBS affiliate) to voice her complaint.

Well, someone got hold of a recording from the call and put together this handy slideshow.

What do you think, is she crazy or really crazy?


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I already know the answer to this question, I don't know why I'm asking it. Does she realize that news networks and alerts are not city to city, but regional? That usually means that if a tornado touches in a city or two over, your ass could be next.

On a separate note, if they have to interrupt the program for emergencies maybe they should re-air it later on that night, or pick up where it left off and if runs over scheduling, then it runs over.
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OMFG!!! That is so funny. I mean seriously it isn't that important wether you see the show or not. Jeez, are you kidding me. Do you not care about the people dead or seriously injured. They just lost everything and your'e sitting here talking about a television show. How pathetic.
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LMFAO! That was so f**ckin hilarious! It's a fricken TV show (a good one too), I mean they always do that up here in WI. They did that once when I was watching NCIS but I didn't call the station and b*tch about it, I went online and watched it. However, our NBC affiliate does that whenever there's a fricken thunderstorm and none of the other stations do that. They just put it at the bottom of the screen. Yeah I would get really pissed off if they did that to me (especially NBC cuz they always do sh*t like that like oh my God there's rain we have to piss everyone off and tell them about it). But seriously, I'd be like "What the f*ck do I care? It's not for me!" Not call the station and b*tch at them. Seriously, GET HELP!
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LMAO! This lady is freakin out! It's a TV show! Go to iTunes and download it. It's only like $3.00 or something. I mean I love Criminal Minds, but seriously...what cracked me up is that she had the nerve to call and actually give her name and where she was calling from. DUMB!
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Or just wait a day and watch it for free on CBS's website. Their video player has gotten a lot better in recent weeks, I swear. :)
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LMAO! That lady was frakkin hilarious. Yes, completely unhinged w/her I don;t care abt those ppl comment. But....having seen the season finale of CM myself, I probably would have gone off the deep end if it were interrupted too. Thankfully my local affiliates scroll weather alerts at the top of the screen. However, my local ABC affiliate interrupted the end of the V season finale for an election update. I almost called them. It also wouldn't surprise me if that woman didn't even have a computer so watching it online would not be an option.
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Try the Series Finale of LOST!!! There was a wild fire near Albuquerque, so they interrupted Lost by putting it in a tiny box to the left of the screen, while the fire got all the action on the screen. Thankfully, it didn't stay that way through the whole show..they just kept scrolling information on the bottom. I was recording this last episode to keep for some time, but it was ruined. :( Fire was put out, everyone was safe.
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Frovingslosh. You can find almost anything on the internet. Even Criminal Minds. Just gotta know where to look or.. do a little searching. Plenty of sites out there that are not illegal or have malware.
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lol, calm down its just criminal minds, if it was lost it would be totally different
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I love the way she says "And do you know what is on at 8 o'clock... Criminal Minds" she's like so serious, with a dramatic pause and all.
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No Vcoon and Glimdrel and anyone else just saying "Watch it on the Internet". Aside from the assumption that everyone who matters has Internet, CBS does not offer Criminal Minds (and many other good shows) on the Internet. And many people don't want to risk the lawsuits and malware from illegal sites.So it still makes sense for CBS affiliates to use a crawl on the bottom of the screen to alert concerned viewers, and use their weather channel or other alternate digital channel to supply details without disrupting networking programing for everyone. Maybe if they didn't abuse this for almost every minor storm I would feel differently.
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I also live in this area and was watching Criminal Minds that night... I live about 40 minutes south of where the tornadoes DID touch down and people WERE killed and houses were flattened. It was frustrating to miss this show... which was the week BEFORE the finale, but I found it online that night and was able to watch it that night. The woman is very insensitive and selfish. If the tornadoes were in her town the story would be different. This is a fairly rural area and the local station covers a wide area from North Texas to Southern Oklahoma (and no this guy pictured is not from the actual station.)
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My comment.. Watch in on the internet! I mean, seriously?
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This was me a month ago during Fox Sunday Night. Rather than interrupting my show though, the weather warning made my program 4:3, so the text could crawl on the bottom, when I'm trying to watch it in HD damnit!
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I can understand her frustration, after all it is a season finale. And while a tornado might be important, I've seen many cases where stations will interrupt shows for something with the significance of an ant crossing the street. News broadcasters do tend to think of themselves as being more important than they are. Remember how much they dominated the TV for months after 911, especially when they didn't have one new thing to say?
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That was quite tame, i have heard worse!
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Someone seriously needs a shrink - Who cares about natural disasters as long as people get to see the end of a television show and it's not like she could have caught the ending online at CBS or just downloaded it that technology doesn't exist yet...Oh wait yes it does!
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Damn lady, I love Criminal Minds also, but to say you don't care about what happened to those people that are going to hit by a tornado? You have a screw loose
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Everything's bigger in Texas... including hissy-fits.
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I'm okay with it. I've seen TV stations do some pretty strange stuff - like the V countdown clock on an episode of Lost. And how much difference does interrupting make, has it ever saved anyone? Never saved me, or anyone I know. Scroll it at the bottom of the screen, that should be sufficient so that anyone in harm's way can change to an appropriate station if necessary. I hate TV news. They think they are the be all, end all for the public. Don't needum, and I don't think they always get it right, either...
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LMAO. Nah, she's just crazy. You have to do a little more to be considered really crazy.
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Awesome.
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That's what I call Funethic, a good mix of funny and pathetic. kinda like reality tv. Do you think she understood that her tv is not only talking to her and that the fact the tornado was not anywhere near her trailer was irrelevant?
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okay seriously i havent stopped laughing!
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man thats the true american way isnt it, i only care about me, great thing! please give a medal to this good-to-no-one lady and for Fword sake, give her the dame finale of the series, isnt that great anyway!
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Holy crap that's very sad and very hilarious!
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What I don't understand is why she is not a fan of "MENTAL" instead...
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Wow, I understand being a little annoyed (I know I would be since I am so obsessed with a couple of my shows) but that is going a little too far. There is a difference between an unimportant interruption and one warning people about something that could cost them their lives.
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Somebody needs to find this woman and get her entered into a psych ward. She has lost all sense of reality!
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There are a lot of times when they interrupt a show for a weather bulletin that isn't all that important. It would be better if they scroll it at the bottom of the screen.
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LOL. Tornado >>> Criminal Minds
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Well lets just say that criminal minds is so awesome that it makes people go crazy. (But that lady has a problem. She has to learn how to deal with the fact that the world doesn't revolve around her)
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So looks like CBS has a problem w/this...
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Where I live, News 4 has interrupted over 4 episodes of "Ghost Whisperer" weather warnings. Not tornados, just T-storms or flash flood warnings. The 1st time it was during the season 4 finale, then like 3 other season 5 episodes after that. Then they had the nerve to tell us the episode would re-air at 1:30, and I dont have DVR and I know I'm not the only one. Plus, tto slap us in the face they air commercials saying "When there was a storm, News 4 was there" UGH I hate 4 Warn.
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Can we say selfish, People could have died but no i want my tv. lol
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What the real problem may be here is that many stations, including two stations in my viewing area, abuse and over use their ability to interrupt normal viewing with the weather. Recently I saw a show interrupted by the local weather team, who were obviously enjoying showing off all of their latest toys, just for a heavy rain. It hardly seems justified, particularly when most stations, particularity CBS affiliates, have multiple digital channels running including a weather channel. Why can't they use a simple "crawl" to alert viewers to a potential problem and advise interested viewers to tune to the weather channel (or some other second channel) for information, rather than interrupt normal programming. I guess the weather people need to do something to justify their jobs and all of their toys, but when they abuse the ability it is reasonable that the viewers will start to complain
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I agree with her. They shouldn’t interrupt our TV shows. I don’t care if the tornado is right outside my house. I will not miss my TV. That tornado will just have to wait. How dare it interrupt my show.
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People like that should only be allowed to watch tv at special times for good behavior @ the loony bin!!! I had a friend who did the same thing when they interupted Saved By The Bell back when it was on but in his case he had healt & mental problems. I broke all contact with him when he got really wierd.
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part two - she sues the station for letting this recording get out
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That's freakin awesome. The Texas twang made it even more HIlarious. Granted her views are a little skewed but I think preparing your self for a serial Killer that might never come to town versus worrying about a tornado that's nowhere near her is far more valuable. Eh... who am I to argue? I think Criminal Minds is a good show too. Power to free speech!
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All I care about is MEEEEEEEEEE ;-)
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