There are many sad realities in journalism, but only some of them involve rogue bodily fluids. Needless to say, it’s expected that a reporter interviewing a mob of partying shirtless men on July 4 should probably expect to get puked on.
That’s exactly what happened to poor soul and KTLA reporter Wendy Burch, who was covering an annual tradition in the South Bay of Los Angeles called the Hermosa Beach Iron Man. In the contest, participants run a mile, paddle a mile in the ocean, and then chug a six pack of beer. Obviously, it’s kind of a meathead convention, and the perfect recipe for spraying vomit on an unwitting reporter.
Video shows Burch interviewing a rotund man with a handlebar mustache, whose left shoulder gets drenched in an epic puke geyser. Burch receives some of the blowback, shrieking in disgust. The footage freezes, then cuts back to two mortified anchors, both of whom are presumably relieved to be sitting behind a desk, far away from any forcibly expelled cans of beer.