Leroy Fick, Meet the Honorary “Ms. Fick 2012.” On Second Thought, Don’t.

Amanda Fick, er, Clayton

Following in the despicable footsteps of Leroy Fick, the  Michigan millionaire lottery winner who collects food stamps because of a loop-hole in the law (and whose name, “fick,” has made the Ethics Alarms glossary as the word for someone who is willfully, openly and shameless unethical), here comes a Ms. Fick, a.k.a Amanda Clayton. She says that she is entitled to food stamps despite having two homes and a million dollar lottery prize that will leave her with $500,000 in the bank. No need for me to be creative here; what went for the Original Fick goes for her as well:

“What ethical principle doesn’t his conduct violate? He’s not responsible; he’s not accountable; he’s not fair. He doesn’t respect his fellow citizens or their opinions. He’s not loyal to his state or his community. He’s not compassionate, and I wouldn’t trust him to walk my dog: he’d probably sell him.  Is he honest? Applying for food stamps is an act that declares that you need them to eat, because that’s the only reason they exist: Leroy Fick isn’t honest.”

Ditto the honorary Ms. Fick, 2012, Amanda Clayton. And if there are any eugenics practitioners out there, please try to keep these ficks from ever getting together. That’s all Michigan needs…a litter of little Ficks.

Thanks to tgt for the tip.

10 thoughts on “Leroy Fick, Meet the Honorary “Ms. Fick 2012.” On Second Thought, Don’t.

  1. There’s a really fascinating quotation from her in the article.
    “I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn’t, I thought maybe it was okay because I’m not working,”

    “Thought”? “Maybe?” She doesn’t know? Comments like that seem to take personally agency completely out of the equation. It gives me the impression that even within her own mind, she’s defending her actions not with reference to any sort of intuition, reflection, or argument, but purely on the basis of what the law says.

    I know I’m extrapolating wildly from what’s actually known about the woman, but I’m guessing that she’s never given a thought to ethical considerations in her life because somehow she’s grown up with the notion that your environment tells you what’s what and you just go along for the ride. Basically, there is no right or wrong; there’s just what you can and can’t get away with. If you’re allowed to do it and no one legally stops you, maybe it’s okay. If it’s not okay, someone will stop it for you. Ms. Clayton never needs to give her own actions a second thought, especially if all she’s doing is accepting what’s given.

    It’s things like this that make me think Hanlon’s razor covers far more ground than it would first appear. The woman is unethical, but she’s unethical because she’s astonishingly stupid.

    • I think this is right, and also as He Who Must Not Be Named said today, it is the predictable apotheosis of the entitlement mentality in the absence of thought, fairness and ethics.

  2. It’s probably far above a professional ethicist to Google Leroy Fick one short year later and make snarky comments about poetic justice. Maybe that’s why I’m not one.

  3. I was particularly struck by Ms. Clayton’s answer after a reporter asked her if she had “a right to government welfare,” after winning the lottery. “Yeah, I kinda do,” she said. There’s such a thing in this world as a sense of entitlement, and then, on an ascending scale, there’s whatever Ms. Clayton has. Also, “kinda?” As in, “Maybe I do, and maybe I don’t?” Or, “I have a right to assistance on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but not on Tuesday and Thursday—weekends are up for grabs?” What was it you said once, Jack? “Meet me at the bridge at noon. I’ll be jumping off it then.”

  4. As I watched some of the TV news coverage of this on youtube, I saw a particular comment that has my ire and I believe it is increasingly prevalent in this country’s youth- “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”

    What a load of bullocks that completely absolves people of their ethical duties. Turns out the quote comes from an ICE T song and is akin to saying “Don’t blame me ro pimping or being a gangster.”

    Feels like between the mix of ghetto rap that extols virtue in crime and immorality and the educational left’s soft pedantry, pushing tolerance for any and everything, we have a nihilistic world coming our way.

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