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Coyote Drive-In tweet leads to storm of comments

Posted 10:34am on Thursday, May. 16, 2013

During Wednesday night’s storms, Coyote Drive-In’s Twitter feed included a tweet that said, “Nothin’ stops us from havin’ a good time! Storms are awesome!!!’’ The tweet synced to a Facebook post with a view of storm clouds over downtown, clearly visible behind the drive-in’ Screen No. 1.

And it led to quite a storm of comments on Facebook, with commenters debating over whether the tweet was insensitive (some to the point of saying they’re now not going to visit the popular drive-in), with others defending the drive-in, complimenting the photo and saying that if people want to go to the drive-in during severe-weather situations, that’s their choice.

It’s difficult to provide more detail, because both the tweet and the Facebook post have been deleted. “The post was obviously made before we had any knowledge of the tragic news and we sincerely apologize,” Coyote Theaters co-founder Brady Wood says in an email.

The tweet appeared around 10:20 p.m., when local news channels had reporters on the ground in Granbury reporting on damage, injuries and the earliest confirmed deaths. But at the drive-in, radios aren’t tuned to news -- they’re tuned to the frequencies that play the movie sound for each particular screen, and the concession-stand TVs are usually tuned to sports stations.

DFW.com has an upcoming feature about the drive-in; the story was completed before the tweet/Facebook post appeared.

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