Doing the Right Thing

Posted on Wednesday 21 June 2006

Have you ever lost a cell phone or PDA? I know that most of my techie friends would be up the creek if they ever lost their cell phone. Over the years, I’ve found a few, and always try to get in touch with the owner to return it.

The problem is not actually losing the phone or PDA. It is losing all of the information that you’ve put into the phone or PDA over the years. One cell phone I found had well over 400 phone number in the address book. In that particular case, I did manage to contact the owner and get that one back to him—he was very happy as he had just replaced his old phone, and had only just gotten the new one updated with everything he needed. The information is far more valuable than the phone or PDA could ever be.

Here’s a website that is about what happened when someone didn’t do the right thing. A woman lost her Sidekick just before her wedding in a NYC cab. The Sidekick was found by another woman, or sold/given to this woman, who decides to keep it for herself. The website is by a friend of the woman who lost the Sidekick, and is about trying to get Sasha to do the right thing.

If Sasha had done the right thing, she wouldn’t have gotten arrested, or had all the bad publicity. When Sasha ever tries to get a real job, I can see this haunting her there…most employers would not want someone who is a proven liar and alleged thief as an employee.

Here is a New York Times article about the website and the incident.

It really is sad that so many people out there don’t know how to do the right thing. Unfortunately, we seem to have an entire generation that believes that the universe revolves around them, and that they are entitled to whatever they want.

Fortunately, chivalry and ethical behavior isn’t completely dead. Some out there still believe in doing the right thing, for the sake of doing the right thing. Good job Evan.

2 Comments for 'Doing the Right Thing'

    June 21, 2006 | 11:46 am

    It is sad we as a people have lost the way of the heart and honesty.
    There was a time people here in the states would leave their doors unlocked and feel safe.
    No more!

    There was a time in Japan if you left something onthe train, it would stillb e there or turned in to lost and found with the money still in it. No More!

    We make gains in technology and lose ground in ethics.

    June 22, 2006 | 3:50 am

    Don Quixote lives — in the form of a computer geek in New York who will go to great lengths to fight for the right. LIke Quixote, Evan harkens back to a past of honesty and chivalry. Unlike Quixote, Evan actually managed to beat the windmills. Bravo!

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