Facebook reveals many things about your acquaintances – it’s a fun way to socialize and remember old friends and play catch-up. But I saw a posting today that I honestly cannot believe.
A former co-worker at KOVR (CBS affiliate in Sacramento) posted:
“So is it bad that I covered an accident involving a big rig over turned loaded with onions, and then brought back giant sacks of onions to the news room? The purple ones AND the white ones.”
In the words of my (former) students – WTF?
What was he thinking – or was he even thinking? That is an accident…basically a crime scene and he is scavenging. Of course if the corporate boss or even CHP asked him to help clean up the mess by doing that – I can almost understand. Almost. But in all my years in news I never even THOUGHT about what he did.
And he might reply, “but, hey, you took stuff” and my response would be, “yeah…a gift offered. A bottle of wine, a meal sitting with a family we’d been working with all day. Produce from a farmers’ group (shared with the newsroom).” And or course, each of these “gifts” could be questioned…but they were offered, not just taken.
Sound off folks. Was he right or wrong? Let me know.
(What bothers me – ten of the eleven or so responses to his posting thought it was okay.)
Update: This was a minor accident too. Here’s the link.
And yeah, I’m pissed at this unethical behavior and yeah, I’ve taken him off my friend list.