Ethics Hero: Tom Wynkoop

Isn't it a beautiful day?

Isn’t it a beautiful day?

In Ligonier, Pennsylvania, Tom Wynkoop, owner of Fox’s Pizza Den, was inspired by the deadly cold of the last few days—below zero in  his region—to tweet an offer to pick up and deliver prescription medicines and other products to the elderly at no charge. The community, about 45 miles east of Pittsburgh, has many elderly residents. In his tweet,nice guy Wynkoop told those in need to just call his cellphone to arrange deliveries, and he’d be there. Several area seniors took him up on it, and kept out of the chill.

If I learn that Wynkoop had just hired a marketing consultant who suggested the idea as a publicity stunt, I think I’ll kill myself. Still, some needy seniors got their medicine, and in the end, that’s what matters. If Tom Wynkoop’s kindness ends up selling a few extra pizzas, good.

Gotta go inspire about 300 D.C .lawyers to be ethical now. Through a nasty rain storm.  And I just read yet another infuriating post on a baseball blog from a reader who calls treating steroid cheats as unfit for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame as “moralizing.” But thanks to a Pennsylvania pizza place owner, you just can’t  harsh my mellow.


Pointer: Lianne Best

Facts: WTOP

Graphic: Daily design inspiration

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5 thoughts on “Ethics Hero: Tom Wynkoop

  1. And what’s wrong with moralizing? Isn’t that a part of determining what’s ethical? Even as a defense attorney, I think it’s wrong to steal. Isn’t that moralizing? I think it both wrong adn unetical to pay someone to perjure themselves in a court case. Is that moralizing? “You’re moralizing” seems to be the first answer to an opinion about something with which the answerer doesn’t agree.

    I agree with just about everything you’ve written about the Hall of Fame, by the way.

  2. Never mind his motives.

    He’s costing himself money and benefiting the community and setting an inspiring example for others.

    Nothing could shake my agreement with Jack that the guy is an ethics hero.

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