I heard a new caster said this phrase after a report of a shooting in Detroit. He couldn't explain why the young female was shot in the inner city.
That phrase should be banned. Stop. Think. Listen. The phrase sound likes it blames the victim.
What if Incident 1
What if a killer is on the freeway and gets out his car and shots into three other cars. Are the victims in the wrong place, wrong time? Are they to blame because they have taken their usual route to work? No, I don't believe it. People are supposed to say we don't want to be at the wrong place today and get killed. So, let us take a different route to work.
What is the wrong place? I never see its mark. If I see one, I would avoid it. What is the wrong time? I never see it on the clock. The phrase is nonsense. A killer is out to murder a person or persons. The murderer shouldn't have been on the street. The point I am stressing you don't know what is going to happen in life. You can't live in fear that you are going to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
What if Incident 2
The gunman has a flat tire and exits the freeway. He walks through the same neighborhood the drivers decide to take. He shots the drivers and the pedestrians. There is no reason why until a reporter says Wrong Place Wrong Time.
This explanation is disturbing and I am angered by it. People are not in the wrong place at the wrong time. I wish people stop using it.