Originally Posted by Chotch
So appropriate punishment for some would mean financial devastation?
Am I the only one who thinks that's a little harsh for the crime?
I am with you on this. To be honest, I am saddened to see so many who wish for this.
I do not see that the best remedy to a situation that has already happened would be to ruin this guy. What would there be to gain? Satisfaction that a successful businessman got ruined, and the livelihoods of the many people that worked for him also thrown in turmoil? Is there no compassion for them?
Is the action forgivable, absolutely not. Is the person forgivable, possibly, depending on future action.
There is no doubt this was a very irresponsible/stupid/bad/(lots of other evil descriptions) move on his part, but what is done is done. If I saw him doing this, I would have likely taken physical action to stop him. But now, would it not be better to move forward and figure out how best to make good of this very unfortunate action?
He does need to learn a lesson for doing this, it should not be excused, but is there not something much more productive that could be achieved than ruining him.
What good could possibly come from ruining this guy and his family, ruining his business and the livelihood it provides for the families of his company?
And what, for scuffing a national monument. A wrong thing to do, but nobody was hurt or killed, yet the ramifications should he be put to ruin could possibly result in this. Would this make anyone feel better?
Proper remediation of this graffiti would leave next to no trace, and in time there would be nothing showing, and yet the devastation caused to many families trying to rebound from ruining this person will last forever.
People are free to make their own decisions regarding Andersen's actions, for whatever reasons they feel are best. My attitude is more a wait and see where this goes, perhaps there can be lots of good come from one incident of bad. No doubt the outcome, there is no doubt going to be some financial hurt for Andersen, I just hope not ruin.
I am not doing away with my Andersen hitch either. This brings up one more wee point I want to make. Has anyone here ever needed assistance or warranty parts from Andersen hitches? I have, and have found the values instilled in this company and the service I got to be top notch, not at all a lot different that many receive from Escape. This attitude and direction the employees take comes from those at the top
Regardless, what will happen will happen, and I can only imagine that this same attitude is prevalent on other forums and social media. I may just be a rare soul.
Sorry for this rant, I am done on this thread, I am just not the vindictive type who wants to see blood. It is just not among the values I was raised with, nor do I possess now. I have always been one who looks to be as positive as possible about things in life despite the bad we are faced with, and feel dwelling on the negative things thrown at us is just not a direction I wish to go. I may be a blind fool, but this is how I feel. No doubt I have now made some enemies here because of my nature, I will have to live with that.