Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Good Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Always do right—this will gratify some and astonish the rest.
Mark Twain

This is the kind of story The Misanthrope enjoys reading. Associated Press reported that an anonymous tipster who was eligible to receive a $40,000 reward for providing information that led to an arrest in a murder case turned the money down, asking that it go instead to a charity established in the victim's name.

The tipster is from Kansas City, Missouri and has opted to remain anonymous. A Crime Stoppers official said they do not know the identity of any tipsters, they are given code numbers.

The sad thing is that this story and another one The Misanthrope commented upon A Real Morals Story in a Red State, is that these should not be news, but so common place that there is no reason to tell people about them. News by its nature is bad, but there are too many good news stories, which means it is abnormal for people to do the right thing.

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