i cant understand why tm didnt send one of the lackeys to fetch the stuff. but i still think its a spoof.
Tony Morris video footage of him buying a dozen bottles of scotch
In hindsight, there are so many things that could've been said to him, by a person with the right disposition. "Hey! Wheres the party?! Looks like you're off to have a bit of fun?!" I wonder what his response would've been to that? Followed up by the conversation that took place, inquiring about the best scotch to purchase. Doubtful it would've frightened him away, and we might have gotten a bit more insight. As it stands now, I highly doubt he will ever purchase another bottle from a public distributor, and certainly not from that specific establishment. So, as to all of the speculation, a 15 minute encounter, once, in TM life, is hardly proof that he's a drunk, or something more sinister. But still worthy of our disapproval.
The Liquor store was in New Jersey, nowhere near Warwick HQ.
IM made a good point on page 19
...But, the position he holds. The status he elevates himself to, by being extremely vocal and going beyond what is written, insisting on his personal views when admonishing 8 million people, opens him up for our scrutiny. He is in the wrong here, by his own moral code.
How many Elders have sat outside of someones home? Waiting for "proof" that 2 people spent the night together. Is that not "speculation." The Elders would say, "well, how did it look?"
I don't really have a problem with the booze. It's the amount of money spent on the booze. I don't care if it came out of WT's coffers or his own pocket. This cult has been poor mouthing it and begging for donations. This money could have been put to better use. It's like giving money to a friend because he needs to buy food or pay his rent and you find out he spent the money to go on a cruise.
The tables are being turned on WT and they don't like it. Too bad. How many innocent people have been on the wrong side of a JC table. How's it feeling WT to be on the wrong side of the table? As the Elders would say...IT JUST DOESN'T LOOK GOOD!!
Exactly, ToesUp, exactly!
Surely there must be many ex JWs in that area that can pretend to be witnesses on the phone to Bethel, asking about all that booze.
There is speculation being discussed that Anthony was also wearing tight pants under that long rain jacket over coat.
Social media follows that saying, "From him who claims much, much is expected". This is telling on so many levels.
At a tabloid level, yes, undeniably but also at a deeper level of causing some disquiet: Clearly, the man feels some self-consciousness, given he presumably drove a greater distance than was necessary to purchase the liquor. As others have said, there are liquor outlets closer to Warwick. He could have got a "lackey" to get it for him - but then, reputation matters. I suspect he doesn't seem to want anyone at HQ to know about the purchase.
And, given that this is the man who has made it very clear to the rank and file what they should be doing with their money (donate it to the organization), the purchase of 12 bottles of top=shelf-quality whisky is eye-wateringly exorbitant (unless he enjoys corporate rates?).
At another level, it is helpful to see men who set themselves up as part of Jehovah's exclusive channel of communication when all the trappings of "stardom" are removed. He is just another ordinary joe buying some liquor and there's nothing unusual about that. And at that level we have a wider context with which to filter his thunderously stern JW org messages about what Christians should or shouldn't be doing. This is one of the men who exerts a HUGE influence over millions of JWs worldwide and expresses withering disapproval of so many otherwise innocent things.
I should imagine if this publicity were directed at leaders of other religious groups, JWs would be saying, "See what they're like! Jehovah's faithful servants are not like that." Umm, yes they are!
Lastly, I'd say that he would now know that his foray into the liquor store and his subsequent purchase has made some impact on social media. That will be a sobering experience for him for his likely attempt to make his purchase on the quiet has backfired. My safe guess is you will not find him in a liquor store near or far any time soon, if at all. He will now know firsthand that with "fame" comes the need to be super-careful about one's outings.
In sum, the exposure has been worth it on many different levels.