Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Real Ugly American links to this story about a woman who lost a camera and the family who found it. The family that found it agreed that it belonged to woman and that it was a very expensive camera, but they decided to keep it anyways. Here is the reason.
"Well," she said, "we have a bit of a situation. You see, my nine year old son found your camera, and we wanted to show him to do the right thing, so we called, but now he's been using it for a week and he really loves it and we can't bear to take it from him."

I listened, not sure where she was going with this.

"And he was recently diagnosed with diabetes, and he's now convinced he has bad luck, and finding the camera was good luck, and so we can't tell him that he has to give it up.
Wow, what a lesson to teach a kid: if you regard yourself as an unfortunate victim, it's okay to do something immoral as long as it makes you feel good about yourself.