Friday Follies 2.20.09

February 20, 2009
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True American

True American


Tis that time once again when we take stock of the inane and foolish put upon us by those forced to navigate life with an amount of gray matter just slightly larger than that found in your average toad.

There is only one folly this week as it is so big, so outrageous that one most certainly will suffice.

No, you probably don’t know this young man in the photo to the left. Just as yesterday’s photo you should, but for a quite different reason. His name is Nigel Haskett. He’s a 22 year old McDonald’s employee who interveened to stop a man from beating a woman in his restaurant. His reward was several gunshot wounds, $300,000 in medical bills, and a hard lesson on corporate America.

McDonald’s isn’t just not willing to help the young hero, they are allowing their insurer to actively DENY Haskett’s workers compensation claim. According to Misty Thompson, a claims specialist with McDonald’s insurer, Ramsey, Krug, Farrell and Lensing, “we have denied this claim in its entirety as it is our opinion that Mr. Haskett’s injuries did not arise out of or within the course and scope of his employment.”

Of course McDonald’s is hiding behind their policy that Haskett should have called 911 and stood back and waited. Great on paper, not always practical in practice. Nigel could have saved himself a lot of pain and hardship by following “the policy”, but instead he chose to help a fellow human being from enduring her pain and hardship. We used to call it “just doing the right thing”.

So until McDonald’s stands up and “does the right thing”, I’d like to ask all of you to join me in a little public policy experiment. It would be easy to just ask that we all boycott McDonald’s, but I don’t know if that alone would get their attention. So let’s try this. Enter your local McDonald’s drive through as normal, order what you would normally order, BUT when you reach the pickup window to pay for the order they’ve already processed tell them this: “Oh, I’m sorry, I must have left my wallet at Mr. Haskell’s house while visiting him after his injuries. You know, those gunshot wounds he got while working at YOUR corporation? I’ll be back to pay just as soon as McDonald’s does what Mr. Haskett did. The Right Thing.”

Oh I know it sounds corny, but think about it. McDonald’s brags about the billions and billions sold. We know that means billions and billions in profits. Yet they won’t spare some change to help out one of their own. All it would take is a few to start and the word would spread. Tell your friends, your neighbors, twitter it across the planet, just tell somebody and let’s see if we can’t help this young man.

I’ll report here and on my joplinglobe.com logal blog any emails and progress you send. And before you just blow this off, read the last part of this post about the security camera video. If that doesn’t get you motivated nothing will.

Read the full article from the Arkansas Times:

American Hero, McDonald’s Chump

Editors Note:
I was going to post the security video showing Mr. Haskett’s brave actions but YouTube had to take it down because McDonald’s cited “copyright restrictions”.

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