Now THAT’S An Unethical Excuse!

“My dog ate my brother.”

There is misconduct that suggests that an individual’s normal ethics alarms malfunctioned. There is misconduct that indicates that an individual has no ethics alarms. (An aside: I have just about concluded that model/vicious tweeter Melissa Stetten is in this category. She’s really proud of herself for humiliating a doofus actor who was trying to impress her, judging from her narcissistic website, and accepting accolades from fans who appear to be just as ethically warped as she is. This makes her a fick.) Finally there is misconduct so irresponsible and completely devoid of its impact on others that it is convincing proof that nothing exists between the individual’s ears at all—a conscience, common sense, gray matter.

This is a tale of that last variety of misconduct.

A Colorado woman wanted to play hookie from work, but had already been absent too often. She needed an iron-clad excuse, and decided on that old stand-by, the dead relative. Apparently she wasn’t trusted much by her boss (I can’t imagine why), and felt she needed some documentation in case he needed proof. Her solution? Give a fake obituary to the local paper.

About the death of her brother,  Edgar Balderrama.

Who was very much alive.

Edgar’s wife, Erica was initially very alarmed when friends and neighbors started calling with their condolences.  Then she figured out that it had to be a mistake. It wasn’t a mistake, though. It was the intentional act of an irresponsible, lying jerk, who was willing to traumatize her brother’s family and friends so she could go fishing, or cow-tipping, or whatever self-centered idiots do in Colorado when they skip work.

The news item about the sister’s fake obituary for her unsuspecting brother, which sounds like the synopsis of a particularly silly “I Love Lucy” episode (“Luuucy! You have some ‘splainin’ to do!”), notes that relations between Edgar and his sister have been strained by the incident, and that the  Balderramas have removed sis from their wedding album, and are pressing charges against her for harassment. Meanwhile, the Greeley,Colorado,Tribune has tightened its policies so that when a woman hands the staff a hand-written scrap of paper reading,

Edgar Balderrama, 28, of Greeley, died on January 23rd, 2012. Edward was a real hard worker. He had a great sense of humor and would make everybody laugh”

… the paper doesn’t publish it before checking a few details.

Good idea.


Pointer: Instapundit

Facts: CBS 4 Denver

Graphic: Better Business Bureau

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6 thoughts on “Now THAT’S An Unethical Excuse!

    • Greeley’s a nice little city BUT it has 4 of the world’s largest cattle feed lots, north, south, east and west of the town, so no matter which way the wind blows — you get the idea.

      Please don’t knock Berkeley; my daughter graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the U of C there. Another nice little city.

      • Personally, I went to a Texas “cow college” called Sul Ross- way out in the heart of west Texas. In Alpine TX, the cows practically rule the town. It doesn’t, however, lead to Greeley-style lunacy! Of course, the population of Alpine is only around 6,000.

  1. ‘Erica told CBS4 she and her husband are so upset that they have taken their relative’s pictures out of their wedding photo album.’

    Love it.

    What the hell was she thinking??

    • She couldn’t have been thinking at all. Did she think her brother wouldn’t find out? That in a small town her deception could be hidden from her employers? Obviously, she an idiot.

      But her brother had to have known that already,

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