8:00 AM EST, January 21, 2013
In the capitalist-communist People's Republic of China, people encounter problems returning products that stink. In our capitalist-democracy of the United States of America, a refund on stinky products is an honored business practice. An overt sense of fairness is the glue of invisible integrity that hinges an economy based on spending.
If you buy it and it stinks, you return it and get your money back. No questions asked.
In the U.S. economy, one cannot sell snake oil and call it orange juice. One cannot legally sell faulty manufactured electronics, medicines, cars, computers, airplanes, milk or thousands of other faulty products and get away with it. Frankly, people will not buy products that stink. Heck, even the IRS will return your money, if, oops!, they make a stinky mistake. A bank will return your money if, oops!, they make an error and you catch it.
In America the accepted business practice is that if a product stinks, return it and get your money back. In the Republic of Baltimore, with faulty speed camera tickets, admittedly issued incorrectly, people are expected to pay. Something smells.
If I had the ear (or nose) of the civic leaders of this great republic, I would suggest a win-win for everyone: Speed Camera Ticket Amnesty. Be fair to the citizens of the Republic of Baltimore. Give the citizens some relief from blatant unfairness contracted into that ungodly bounty-for-tickets contract/scheme. Citizens should demand fair-play on this matter, and civic leaders should lead with good government to help the citizens of our great city.
Bill Curtis, Baltimore
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