Victory for the right thing

I found this story today while surfing the web. I know I'm late, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Three weeks ago, Mr. Guttman went on a quest to retrieve a friend's lost cellphone, a quest that has now ended with the arrest of a 16-year-old on charges of possessing the missing gadget, a Sidekick model with a built-in camera that sells for as much as $350. But before the teenager was arrested, she was humiliated by Mr. Guttman in front of untold thousands of people on the Web, an updated version of the elaborate public shamings common in centuries past.

You can read the whole article HERE (NY Times Registration required... use Bug Me Not to sign in) and you can see his website and read the whole thing from beginning to end HERE (start at the top).

The thing that bothers me about this is the total lack of morals showed not only by the people that had the phone and basically told him "tough", but by people commenting on the story around the web. Why is it so hard to do the right thing? Why are people so selfish and have no respect for others? How hard is it to be civilized, considerate and thoughtful? Guttman said on his site that he is "trying to be moral in an immoral world." Its hard and it seems to be getting harder by the day. I guess that's why I like this story. He stood his ground through 3 weeks of hell not only by the people with the phone, but people on the internet bent on tearing him down.

Right triumphed in the end.


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