It's hard to stay angry at someone for acting like a jerk when the internet responds by being ten times more of a jerk.
Last week there was a huge viral story about a drunk woman who attacked an Uber driver, stole his keys and started flinging items out of his car. Apparently she’d stumbled into the back of the vehicle when he arrived to pick up someone else, and she completely lost it when he refused to take her anywhere.
Now, after being suspended from her job as a neurology resident at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and getting a barrage of abuse online, Anjali Ramkisoon has come forward to beg for forgiveness.
“I see a person that is not me,” she said on Good Morning America. “I’m ashamed. I still can’t watch the entire video.”
She says the day leading up to that incident was one of the worst days of her life - her father had been put in the hospital and her boyfriend of two years had just broken up with her. She knew it didn’t justify her behavior, though.
“There’s absolutely no excuse for my actions. I am ashamed. I am so sorry. I’ve hurt so many people with this - my family, my friends… The Uber driver - no-one deserves to be treated that way.”
Her apology might not be enough for the internet mob that latched onto the story, leaking her family’s home address online and - of course - sending her messages telling her to kill herself or saying she should have been raped.
“Use my story as a message and a lesson,” she said. “Be careful what you do in public, because the things that we do can be taped, and we could have to suffer severe ramifications for these things.”