We’re all familiar with stolen valor. Some idiots find some satisfaction in claiming they saw action in the military when they were actually playing video games at the mall, or serving as Secretary of State. But this one is new. This is the strange and true story of Clint Lampkin.
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When Omar Mateen shot up The Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, 49 people died. Many more were wounded, physically. But those weren’t the only ones in the club. Those who escaped without physical wounds will likely suffer psychological trauma. To be utterly redundant, it was a horrific event: the largest single mass-shooting in the country’s history.
So why would Clint Lampkin claim he was at the nightclub during the shooting, and that he is lucky to have survived while his friend died?
The best I can figure, this is something like stolen valor. There were people there that actually experienced the tragedy first hand, while fearing for their safety and that of the ones they love.
And those people are receiving a good bit of sympathy, now. Maybe even some hard earned empathy from others who have survived similar tragedy. But Mr. Lampkin?
Lampkin must have been moved by the spirit, because he took to the mic at The Rocket City Pride Memorial Service for Orlando, a Vigil in honor of the victims to tell his harrowing story.
He claimed he was in the bar when it all happened. “It was hard on me,” Lampkin told the awe struck crowd, “seeing people getting shot.”
Yes. That has a way of being hard on you.
After his eloquent recantation, Lampkin received a standing ovation from the bamboozled crowd. The community leaders on the stage hugged the little rascal.
Only problem is that Clint, while he was supposed to be in the club, avoiding death and watching all those people getting shot–which, you know, was kinda hard on him–was actually posting about the shooting on FaceBook. The post note the shooting and says “Glad I wasn’t at that one.”
Clint, though, is denying it. He says his account was hacked and he didn’t make that post. When reporters asked him to say more abut the incident at The Pulse, Lampkin gets fuzzy. “I don’t know, it’s just, my mind was just gone,” he says.
“I did lose a friend, they got shot, and it was pretty hard,” Lampkin told the crowd at the vigil. The friend’s name? Lampkin can’t remember.