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  •  It's not assault (0+ / 0-)

    That's crazy talk.

    People have an obligation to avoid being hurt. If they would have been physically endangered by the heat lamps, they could have walked away, and so it can't possibly be assault.

    There'd be no "imminent fear of bodily harm" that could sustained because people could choose to walk into an area where the heat lamps wouldn't affect them.

    Was it rude and inexcusable for the hotel manager to do? Of course. Do I think it was disrespectful enough to justify firing the guy? Yes. It really irritates me that we have people in our country who would ever even conceive of doing such a thing to lawful protestors!!!!

    But is it assault? Nope. Not even close.

    •  If Hyatt's manager (0+ / 0-)

      had turned a fire hose on the picketers, would they be obligated to end their picket and walk away? If they didn't leave, would that absolve Hyatt and their manager of liability for assault?

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 07:39:03 AM PDT

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      •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

        Hitting someone with water is vastly different than using a heat lamp.

        And you don't understand the difference? REALLY?

        People being hit by water from a firehose aren't equivalent to people being "hit" by the heat from a heat lamp.

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