The fatal workplace joke

by Walter Olson on May 14, 2010

A lab technician in Bolton, Lancashire, U.K. kills himself after an offhand joke at his workplace is denounced as insensitive [Telegraph, Mail]


1 Chuck Roast 05.15.10 at 12:37 pm

This T. S. Eliot quote from a recent Thomas Sowell column seems appropriate:

2 Chuck Roast 05.15.10 at 2:34 pm

Sorry. Apparently my HTML failed:

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it; or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.”

3 Soronel Haetir 05.15.10 at 11:22 pm

What struck me most about that article was how amateurish the writing seemed. Perhaps it is the way first names of the widow and friend were used or something else but that does not read like proper news copy to me.

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