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Author: Bweaver Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 308685  
Subject: Re: About being "scum" Date: 6/5/2002 12:38 AM
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How is doing what he did (crazy letter) different from "I'll pay you if you remove the negative info"? They're both, essentially, a form of blackmail.

You (board generic you there) have lates and overdues and collections, and they're accurate, yet you want them to remove that information in exchange for being paid, and that's somehow better than threatening to sue them if they don't remove the info?

I just can't wrap my head around how some people here seem to think the one is ok and the other isn't.

Can anyone who thinks this way perhaps point out what I missed that makes it ok the one way but not the other?


Sure. One is an offer of payment for action that may be simply denied or accepted, neither at cost to the respondent. The other is a fraudulent threat which demands one of two responses, both at cost to the respondent: either acquiescence or a significant financial and time commitments to a legal defense if action is taken.

More simply put: One is conversation that that might provoke a child to react with "that's too bad they won't do what you want." The other is a legal proceeding to which a child might reasonably react by asking "isn't that lying, Daddy?"

I'd be interested to hear any explanations that might convince the child that the "fraudulent lawsuit credit repair strategy" is not lying. I'd also be interested to know how those seeing no problem with if have convinced yourselves. I suspect the "it's OK to lie when the repercussions to me are X, Y, and Z" will be the most popular argument.

When I see the explanation that will convince that child, I'll reconsider my ethics.

The fact that an action is legal, or that it is not worth defending a lawsuit over, does not impart any moral authority to that action. It just means it's legal and not worth fighting over. There is much that can all get away with. I'm glad most of us don't choose that path.

Good luck,

Bruce
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