What has become of this world? Now we are punishing people for being good Samaritans? Two Sprint workers were fired last week for chasing down a shoplifter who stole items from an Apple store in Denver's Cherry Creek Mall. They were approached by the Mall’s security guard, out of breath and distraught, to help him capture the shoplifter. These two Sprint workers would never realize that the outcome of being good Samaritans is getting fired. Where is the morality here? So we are now punishing people for doing a good deed. The company’s rationale is the safety of the employees. But the real reason was to rid off any liability that the company may face in the event that a lawsuit is brought by injured employees and shoplifters. In Texas, a shoplifter is suing Wal-Mart for his injury inflicted by its workers during the pursuit. There were other cases where the shoplifters or their families were suing Wal-Mart for the death and injury from the pursuit by its workers. These may be extreme cases that pushed the retail companies to incorporate in their employee handbooks the rules of pursuing shoplifters and its consequences. Still I feel somehow distraught at where this is leading to and how the world will turn out, more indifferent people, more cold-heartedness.
So, are we supposed to watch someone bleeding to death when we went by a murder scene, pretending nothing has happened? Are we supposed to watch a rape carrying on and walk away quickly without notifying the police or giving a helping hand within our ability or at least scaring the rapists away? Are we supposed to breed the crimes for doing nothing?