Mar 022009

Following up on the Haskett vs McDonald’s post, from the emails and comments I got, I think the post sounded a little harsher than intended. Even my brother told me I was too harsh. Believe me, that really wasn’t my intention. So I want to clarify a few things.

First, I’m sympathetic to the guy and think that his friends, family, coworkers and employers SHOULD help him pay his hospital bills. He did what he thought was the right thing to do. He was brave. He got involved. The right thing to do is to help him pay his bills. I have done similar things on impulse and I know many of my friends have done similar things. I would like to think that I would continue to get involved in the future, if the situation warrants it.

My point regarding McD’s as an employer is that I don’t personally think that they should be mandated to pay for his bills, particularly if Haskett’s actions were in violation of a known company policy. There’s a difference between doing something because it is the right thing to do, and doing something because the government makes you do it.

The rest of my previous post can be summed up in one sentence: this is what happens when people lose their cool. Mike and Sean are good friends of mine, and their strong reaction prompted me to go back and take another look at my post. I said to Sean, in response to his comment, that I don’t think people should stand around wringing their hands. It’s more a matter of wisdom, knowing that what you are doing is making things better, not worse. I mentioned in the comments, in contrast to Nigel Haskett, Captain Sullenberger who landed the plane in the Hudson River. Captain Sullenberger is the epitome of keeping one’s cool under pressure. He was well trained and experienced. Listening to the audio from that emergency landing is amazing. Everyone involved was calm.

So, ultimately, I don’t fault Nigel for getting involved. I applaud him for it. I do believe, however, that the moral of his story is, “Don’t lose your cool.”

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