Sunday 19 November 2017

'It has spoiled my shopping trip' - Witness to Nice attack sparks outrage on Twitter for 'unbelievable' comments

A security guard walks near the scene of an attack after a truck drove onto the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A security guard walks near the scene of an attack after a truck drove onto the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Sasha Brady

An eyewitness to the Nice attack has sparked outrage on social media for the comments she made regarding the terror that unfolded on the Promenade de Anglais.

The tourist, named Lucy Nesbitt-Comaskey told Sky News: "Maybe this is awful and maybe a bit selfish but it did spoil our shopping trip.

"We bought all this lovely shopping and now I can't be bothered with it. It doesn't mean anything now."

Her comments were made after at least 84 people were killed and 100 more injured in the southern French city of Nice after a lorry was 'deliberately driven' into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in a confirmed terrorist attack.

Twitter users were outraged by the "insensitive" comments and took to the social media app to express their shock.

Realising that her remarks came across as insensitive, Nesbitt-Comaskey took to Facebook to issue an apology. She claimed that she was in "shock" after the incident in the Pla and misspoke when she was interviewed by journalists.

"My sincere condolences to the French people who have lost their loved ones today in Nice,’ she said.

"I’m deeply sorry if my interview with Sky News sounded uncompassionate [sic].

"I was totally distressed and shocked. My words came out wrong.

"Once again sorry."

Lucy Nesbitt-Comaskey was shocked and under a great deal of stress when she made her comments. On Friday morning she issued an apology on Facebook.
Lucy Nesbitt-Comaskey was shocked and under a great deal of stress when she made her comments. On Friday morning she issued an apology on Facebook.

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