Actually, when we first heard of David Leavitt, a gaming writer with delusions of grandeur, the Ethics Alarms verdict was not that he was an ethics villain, because the particular misconduct that sparked that 2020 post wasn’t quite dastardly enough (or maybe I was in a charitable mood). That was after he had found a mislabeled electric toothbrush (priced at $0.01 rather than $100) at Target, and when the checkout employee refused to sell the item at what was obviously an erroneous price and the store manager backed up the clerk, David went on a full-bore campaign of vengeance on Target.
“This [Target] manager Tori is not honoring the price of their items per Massachusetts law,” tweeted Leavitt, including the young manager’s photo. He called the police on the manager, and said he was prepared to take her and the store to court. Recognizing an ethically-dead progressive determined to harass evil corporations, disgusted observers started a GoFundMe page that raised $28,000 to cover the victimized manager’s inconvenience. The law Leavitt cited but never bothered to check in fact says that an obvious pricing error, one that qualifies as “gross,” isn’t enforceable. I wrote in part:
Leavitt is being an asshole, in technical terms. He knows the price posted was a mistake. A decent, fair, rational citizen would accept that, alert the store that it needs to fix the label, and stop at that. Maybe such a citizen will get some kind a reward from the store (this once happened to me). Instead, this epic jerk goes, in the immortal words of Marsellus Wallace in “Pulp Fiction,” “Medieval on Target’s ass,” and its poor manager too. His rationalization for his appalling behavior, and this is rich, is that he can’t afford to go to the dentist, so, presumably, he believes this entitles him to steal an electric toothbrush from Target…
I also wrote that I almost felt sorry for David because he had made a national fool of himself. I don’t feel sorry for him after his latest example of ethics rot. He obviously learned nothing, and indeed has decided to step a notch, several, in fact, from asshole to Ethics Villain.
After Virginia 12th Senate District candidate Tina Ramirez. On Columbus Day, after Ramirez tweeted that she was celebrating the discovery of the New World, Ramirez tweeted her, “Why are you celebrating torture, rape, murder, and enslavement?” One is wise to ignore trolling assholes on social media, but be that as it may, Tina tweeted back,
So Leavitt, being who and what he is, decided to reply to his 331,000+ followers, all of whom are at least assholes by definition, and quite probably morons as well, “Can someone please call child care services on Tina Ramirez who’s teaching her child to be a racist?” He followed this now typical Leftist response to someone who dares to disagree with progressive edicts with the tweet,
What a terrible human being. But we knew that…we just didn’t know how terrible. And imagine: thousands and thousands of Twitter users hang on his every word. Notice also that his nauseating conduct didn’t violate any of Twitter’s “standards.”
Hurry up, Elon…
Pointer: Willem Reese
[Notice of Correction: I erroneously credited the tip to JutGory, who is also a frequent and much appreciated source of potential posts. My mistake. Delirium and excruciating pain is no excuse…]