I was on my way to bed (its currently 4:30am local time for me), but I decided to do a quick check of my email beforehand. First I checked the gmail, and responded to my google+ notifications (all youtube comment replies). Then I checked my yahoo account, which is easy, since its used by the services that generate the most email that I do not need to respond to or read (wordpress and facebook). After logging out, I was dumped on the Yahoo Canada homepage, with the above link to greet me.
And in all honesty, it does not surprise me one bit. Though the word “allegedly” is used, it would not surprise me that there would be truth to the story.
This story highlights something that I have yet (as far as I know), to touch on. Which is the turning of bullying victims into not just viral phenomenons, but also charity cases.
First of all, this post is not a sign of my acceptance of the act of bullying. If it is happening to anyone, then those that can, should do what they can to stop it. But with that said, there is NO reason for the plight of such a person, to be anything more then of local concern. For example, the school bus driver (I believe it was) from a few years back that got “famous” for her bullying video. Unless there is trouble instituting action to remedy the situation at the local level (of which national, or international attention will likely force, due to public outcry), these bullying situations should remain what they have always been, a local issue.
And honestly, I see no reason why such a plight should make one worthy of charity. Ok, obviously they have it rough in day to day life, on account to one or many rude people. But, im sure if you looked in your geographical locale, you could find HUNDREDS in similar positions.
Its nice to think of society and the world at large as a rosy red place where all is fair, and everyone looks out for one another’s interests. I spent much time in that frame of mind.
Correction. I spent many years bitter and angered to the core, because of the fact that people at large, as good as they have it in todays world, are NOT that way. Often the only interest IS self interest, manors and ethics (and otherwise civilized behavior) be damned. At this point, I have concluded that though there are bright spots in life, there is also darkness. And the same applies to people. Even if there are 10 bright people, they can be dimmed by just one dark person.
Rosy is good, rosy makes for a feel good fairytale. But a fairytale will not protect you when confronted by a real life villain.
But, back to the original piece. First of all, if were shining a light on the suffering of one person, what about the others that are in a similar (if not worse) position? Should they be financially rewarded (upon recognition) as well? Where does it stop?
Then, enter the stars of the linked article. The scam artists.
Something that I learned VERY quickly in the sector of customer service, was that trust is overrated. It was once second nature to trust someone on little more then their word, to come back and pay for $20 gas they didn’t have the cash for. But I learned my lesson very quickly, when more often then not, they left and didn’t come back. Then there was the drive offs (skipping out on paying for the gas). And in a later job, someone fooling me into thinking a cart of unbagged groceries was paid for by flashing a government food voucher in my face (the Canadian, or at least Manitoba equivalent of food stamps).
At the time, I was not aware that the person should not have had the “voucher” after the transaction (should have had the recite). Meaning that, even though our government had already helped them out by buying the food, they felt the need to steal it anyway. The only silver lining to the story, is the presence of the sleeping kid IN the cart. At least it will eat well for at least that fortnight (maybe VERY well, if they pulled the scam on any other retailers).
I got off topic, on a personal tangent again lol. But it ties in.
The more people that go viral for whatever injustice that brings them the “stream-time” (my flip on the term “airtime”, to make it more applicable to the youtube generation), the more people that will recognize a way to make some VERY easy money.
For example, people leaving rude messages on restaurant recites (in Lou of tips) have been getting a lot of stream-time of late.
The goal of this post, is not to turn everyone into uptight, uncaring assholes. Contrary to what one would likely deduce by reading this, there is a heart inside of this bitter blogger. The goal (or point) of this post is, use your head.
The goal or point of a good chunk of my total entries (and likely 99% of those that involve social media), is to use your head.
Read the information, react if you feel inclined. But NEVER assume that you know the whole story. And for the love of god, DO NOT SEND MONEY IF YOU ARE NOT ENTIRELY SURE!!!
There is nothing wrong with being a charitable humanitarian. But don’t be stupid.
Whether its the next server with a sexist/racist/homophobic/whatever message on a recite, or the new “Solar Freaken Roadways” pseudo-scientific sham, use your head before you open your wallet.