No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Over the years I have heard the saying that no good deed goes unpunished.  This is a sardonic commentary reflecting on good deeds that backfire on the donor. One such good deed made The Times in London when the journalist stated

“Seldom in the field of clerical administration has one woman given so much of herself to a car dealership.”

Our newspapers, television and radio are full of the story of the woman who gave a kidney to her immediate supervisor and then shortly afterwards was dismissed from her job.  This should be a lesson to all those selfless people out there who are considering offering a body part to an employer or supervisor.  Your generosity will not be appreciated and may even be thrown back in your face, as in this case where the recipient of the kidney said to the donor “Don’t expect to be treated special because of what you did for me”.

I shall be watching the outcome of the lawsuit filed against the employer.  If the plaintiff wins maybe there will be a swathe of people offering body parts and then suing the recipient.  Reasons quoted could include lack of suitable appreciation in the form of gifts; if it was an employer no extra or special favours at work eg extra vacation time or even paid vacations (3 weeks in Hawaii at their expense); no notice in the local paper as to who made this happen; no special party to celebrate coming back to full health with the donor as guest of honour.  The list could go on and on.

On this day in 1773 The British Parliament passed the Tea Act.  This Act forced Colonists to buy tea from the East India Company that controlled all tea imported into the colonies.  Direct action by a group calling itself the Sons of Liberty in Boston resulted in the tea contained in three trading ships being destroyed.  We are told by Wikipedia that “this was a key event in the growth of the American Revolution”.

On this day in 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.  The American Society of Civil Engineers declared it one of the modern Wonders of the World and  Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.

On this day in 1989 Beijing students took over Tiananmen Square in China.  In case you are too young to know about this thousands of students and other citizens started gathering in groups large and small, protesting many issues, centered on a desire for freedom and democratic reform.  By mid May hundreds of thousands of people occupied the Square.  Chinese authorities responded with a declaration of martial law, and on June 3rd  tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled into the square, killing and wounding many, mostly civilians – estimates vary widely, from several hundred to several thousand dead.

On this day in 2011 a lashing string of tornadoes tore through Alabama smashing buildings, snapping trees and ending at least 58 lives.

And now at 12.19 am I realise that I have missed the midnight deadline and so this post will be published on the 28th.

I’m late! I’m late!
For a very important date!
No time to say “Hello”, goodbye!
I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!

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16 responses to “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

  1. No stress, no worries, Judith. Have a good day. I’ll be thinking of you as you visit your grandson.

    • Thanks Georgette. He had an operation yesterday and apparently is going home today, so Andy will go to the farm an not the hospital. I wonder if he has ever been to a farm.

      • I do hope that if your grandson is going home today, that means he’s progressing nicely.
        Yes, Andy has gone to a farm. In my third installment to LD there were pictures of him on a bog in our pond, riding the “gator” (a John Deere runabout cart for the pastures), napping in a field of bluebonnets and then patrolling the gate with the “No trespassing” sign. We never got him to ride a real bull, but got a picture of him in still another installment piggy back riding a bull sculpture. I know a TX cattle ranch/farm will be probably very different from a NZ farm. How exciting.

  2. Interesting story of organ donation. Please keep us apprised of the outcome. A lot of things happened on this date. And time does get away from us!

  3. Hi Patti – this happened in New Jersey so it should be in your news. I shall keep you informed of the outcome as we learn it.

  4. Well, truth really is stranger than fiction. I hadn’t heard the organ donation story. Unbelievable!

  5. I read about the organ donor story. The moral of the story I gleened from it was never, ever donate an organ to the person who signs your time card. I’ll be curious how it plays out as well.

  6. How interesting that you heard the story way over there and I missed it! I enjoy hearing about the things that transpired on this day.

  7. … just over due, not in a rabbit stew. 😀

  8. Why was she fired? Taking time off from work for “non-emergency” medical leave? 😉

    I am an “organ donor” ~ the hosptial can harvest any organ they want from me . . . AFTER I’m dead.

    • The whole thing is very strange. I wonder what the outcome of her suit will be. And yes, they may take my organs without asking again, once I am dead.

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