I rarely comment on other posts, however a recent Gawker post seems to be offering the worst advice…EVER. The interesting part here is how the advice comes as the conclusion to a post that is otherwise well done. This particular post was in response to a New York Post article about a woman chasing down a phone thief. And to clarify here, she chased down HER phone thief.
Anyway, the Gawker article offers suggestions about how you shouldn’t pose for press photos with the thief, or pose for press photos in general. It also goes on to mention how you shouldn’t make fun of the thief for the article that will be associated with those previously mentioned press photos. In this case she called the kid “pudgy” and mentioned that as the reason why she was able to catch him.
All solid suggestions thus far, however the conclusion (seen just below) seems a bit flawed.
If you are nonviolently mugged by a child, continue to let him run along with his friends. The world will be a better place.
I realize those two sentences could be interpreted a few different ways, but the way I see it — if you simply let your child mugger run away with his friends — you are only teaching them this behavior is something they could potentially get away with. I also understand that pursuing your mugger could lead to getting yourself injured or worse, but it doesn’t seem the “world will be a better place” by letting your mugger “run along with his friends.”
The way I see it — in order to make the world a better place we need to teach these kids that crime doesn’t pay.