Heather #1: Ethics Hero Heather Elliott, who saw two small boys locked in a car parked outside a Kroger store in Indianapolis. The temperature was in the 90s and climbing, and the boys looked red-faced and hot. One was screaming and crying, and banging at the closed window. Elliott decided to take action, and began to try to find a way to open the car doors.
Heather #2: Ethics Dunce Heather Query, 21-year-old mother of the two cooking boys, who arrived on the scene just as Heather #1 was trying to rescue her children. “How long were you in that store?’ Heather #1 asked #2. “It’s 100 degrees outside.” ‘What do you care?” said Ethics Dunce Heather. “Mind your own business” When Ethics Hero Heather responded, “I’m just concerned about your kids. I’m just thinking about the safety of your kids,” Heather #2 attacked her, punching her in the face.
There’s gratitude for you.
The assault continued, and this eventually brought the police on the scene. Heather Query was taken away, and charged with child endangerment and battery.
“I hope you’re happy with yourself and you can live with yourself, because I’m going to lose my job and my kids!'” Ethics Dunce Heather shouted to Ethics Hero Heather as she was being put into the police car.
“Good!” said Heather Elliott.
In the aftermath, we have the usual statements from relatives of Heather #2, about how she is “no monster” and a “good mom” and “not a bad person” who just made “a mistake.” Okay. I’ll accept “no monster,” and it is true that otherwise good parents do, tragically, sometimes seriously injure or kill their kids by foolishly leaving them in hot cars. And one irresponsible act doesn’t necessarily mean someone is a “bad person.”
The “mistake” argument, though…nope, not buying it. A stranger was trying to save Heather #2’s endangered kids, and her response was to physically assault the good Samaritan and try to blame her for the consequences of her own negligence. That’s no mistake. That is intentional, unethical, inexcusable conduct. Such conduct proves that Heather Query, Ethics Dunce, is a rude, irresponsible jerk, and as to anything that happens to her as a result of her disgraceful behavior on this hot July day, I can only echo the sentiments of Heather #1.