Mary Bale must be rueing her impulsive decision to put that cat in a wheelie-bin.
Commenters on my post yesterday observed that her anonymity would be fleeting, and they were right.
But I have to say, she’s not doing a very good job of showing contrition.
A woman caught on camera dropping a tabby cat into her owners’ wheelie bin said today that she didn’t know what all the fuss is about.
Mary Bale is now focus of a vitriolic campaign on Facebook with postings calling for her death, describing her as "evil" and "a psycho" and demanding she be sacked from her job as a customer services assistant with the Royal Bank of Scotland.
But the 45-year-old, who is the subject of an RSPCA investigation and is said to live just half a mile from the scene of the cat’s 15-hour incarceration in Coventry, told the Sun that she did "not deserve to be hated" for her moment of madness". People were over-reacting, she said.
Opprobrium aside, it’s really quite an odd occurrence, isn’t it? The kind of thing you’d expect a daft, thoughtless, idiot teenager. Not a grown woman. Or an overgrown woman for that matter. I suspect she’s somewhat developmentally disabled.
"I really don’t see what everyone is getting so excited about. It’s just a cat," Bale said.
Bale added: ""People are reading too much into things. I’ve no feelings about cats one way or the other. I don’t keep pets myself, but I have no problem with people who do.
"To think this video is being seen around the world is unbelievable. I’m a very private person and don’t want to upset any members of my family. I don’t know what my relatives will think, but to be honest I think everyone’s overreacting a bit.
"OK, I shouldn’t have done it, but it’s just a cat at the end of the day. I don’t think I deserve to be hated by people all over the world, it was just a split second of madness."
On balance, as much of a hateful shit-bag as I think she is, I’m inclined to agree with her.
Wanting her strung up is rather out of proportion with what she’s done. Perhaps we should settle for amputating one of her arms at the elbow. Or should we take the whole bingo wing?