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.
McHenry’s suspension lasts one week, ESPN says. Her company bio is here.