Stealing is wrong, but under these circumstances ABC actually benefited from the theft, they got their story, and this TSA officer lost his job. So I would agree its a good thing he got caught and won't be stealing from the public, no problem there. However, this reflects very poorly on ABC, someone helped them run a great story, and they punish him for it. They could have easily blurred his face. He even returned the iPad, so they lose nothing, and get exactly what they want. Last time I checked you actually need to harm someone in order to have done something wrong, so I would ask, how has Ramirez harmed ABC? He may very well have harmed others, who he may have stolen from, and that would be very wrong, but the news clip doesn't even mention that possibility, nor has any evidence been presented that would support that.
I do find it interesting people judge this Ramirez based on his nice house. That was his house right? We got to see the legal documentation that he owns it, right? For all we know he rents a room in the house and can't afford anything else, or he could own the whole block, we simply don't know. We do know ABC referred to it as his home, that doesn't qualify as a legal deed in my books.
If he can't afford anything else, he shouldn't be stealing other people's property knowing most Americans can't actually afford any 'luxury' goods (unless we're talking about using credit).
I have zero sympathy for him and I'm glad that ABC benefited from this story. They risked their Ipads out and it took one dishonest employee to make them profit.
The guy gave back the Ipad because there was so much evidence against him that he had no choice. He lied right in front of his house and the look on his face when he gave it back was not sincere; it was out of embarrassment. The Ipad was beeping from his home and Florida police was right at his door. I suppose he could continue his lie but would risk having his entire house searched.
He deserves to lose his job. His job is not some minimum wage job - it's a Federal job.
Using your logic, anyone who works min. wage has license to steal stuff since they are making less than other people and are therefore entitled to compensation? Give your head a shake. Nobody should be stealing anything, regardless if they are poor or not. Being poor allows you to be poor morally?
Think of it this way: if you were poor, and you stole from a poor person, what happens to that second person? In terms of justice, that second person should steal something back from the first one. But that probably won't be the case. In essence, honest people get punished, under your universe and "poor people" are morally justified to steal due to their supposedly poor lifestyle. P.S. His house is A LOT better than many Americans' houses.
Cry me a river.
Edited by Dazzle, 28 September 2012 - 07:44 PM.