Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

American Empathy Watch: How To Chasten Trolls

"Shortly after the St. Petersburg Times announced Mr. Smith's death on its website, a reader posted a comment stating the following: A man who is working as a dishwasher at the Crab Shack at the age of 48 is surely better off dead." Here's the corrective. (via)

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Aatom (#74)

Well played, St. Petersburg Times! Very well played.

bb (#295)

may we all be lucky enough to have two good friends drink a bud out of our drudges in our honor. damn good reporting

bb (#295)

and when my iPhone says drudges I actually mean fridges

roboloki (#1,724)

was this scroll lock?

scroll_lock (#4,122)

Tsk, tsk. You're definitely off my Christmas card list.

roboloki (#1,724)

you're alive!!! now i'm happy again.

roboloki (#1,724)

crazy couple of weeks and i haven't been a faithful awl reader (i know, i feel bad about it) and i hadn't seen your beautiful wit.

brianvan (#149)

Sad for Mr. Smith, but his legacy is that the story of (the corrective from the original article of) his death has the potential to restore our faith in humanity. This lonely dishwasher making minimum wage and drinking gratis beers on the back porch was more appreciated than what a lot of people out there at all levels of the economic spectrum are perceiving right now. It just reminds you that some shit matters, and sometimes the least likely people have it all figured out. Sounds like many of those 48 years were alright years. That's all you can really ask for.

Also, don't underestimate the importance of clean dishes! What a luxury, that we have enough of a water supply that we can use it to wash bacteria off of plates and reuse them. If you don't do this job right, people die. So fuck the haters. Probably all of them are bloggers or Excel jockeys whom we could actually do without.

SeanP (#4,058)

Or telephone sanitizers.

Obviously I didn't know the man, but any untimely death is a shame.

barnhouse (#1,326)

Plus who is to say that this man wasn't the happiest person on Earth? There's no telling. R.I.P. Mr. Smith.

Tuna Surprise (#573)

To me, it sounded like he had it all figured out…

He started out busing tables and was very fast, but preferred the shelter of his dishwashing station in the back of the kitchen. He could listen to sports talk radio there.

With a few minor edits…

"He started out selling widgets and was very successful, but preferred to fill out TPS Reports in the back office. He could read The Awl all day long there."

…doesn't really seem that different, does it?

Jared (#1,227)

But the article doesn't mention whether or not he was wearing a helmet, which is obviously something we need to know before deciding whether he deserved his fate.

Slava (#216)

The omission is probably telling…

brianvan (#149)

"Deserved" is a strong word, but just like telling everyone in a car to wear a seatbelt, I have no problem making a very clear point to all cyclists that wearing a helmet is strongly encouraged, and the opposite scenario unacceptable.

Maybe he was going to buy a helmet with that never-granted bonus.

////I'm only making fun b/c I hope the mgr sees it and repents himself like a Tibetan monk

bb (#295)

not wearing a helmet doesnt make you deserve a fatal accident. but still, people. WEAR a damn helmet. you get used to it eventually, and you don't have to endure
anyone's righteous clucking from the afterlife.

garge (#736)

That was a close one! [I nearly didn't cry today .. and then I would have had to figure out what to do in the time I spend drawing a big red x on the calendar*.]**

*Zach P., you had better get to work, it is nearly October!
**hold me

At first I :O but then I :'(

garge (#736)

Third drink melodrama~! ak;jdklsjdkl;

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Robert Duvall is playing this guy in the movie in my head.

scroll_lock (#4,122)

It reminded me immediately of Robert De Niro's character in Stanley and Iris which is a very underrated, great movie.

KarenUhOh (#19)

A very nice touch, with a happy ending: his fate is equal to that of the richest man in town.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Only the wise man is king.

sigerson (#179)

I'd expect that the Red Sox could make a special dispensation for this guy.

brianvan (#149)

Given what they've handed to JD Drew, that's reasonable!

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