Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Waking up from my tomb world
The ethics of selling plasti-crack
So, today I was in my local Games-Workshop store since I had a few hours to kill an I saw something that disturbed me quite a bit. A little allegory before I tell you about it though. For the majority of you who wouldn't know, Dublin is facing a serious plague of homelessness and poverty among inner city communities, largely down to substance and alcohol abuse, and if you actually walk around the city you'd definitely see evidence of it, even in so called high-street areas.
So I was in Games Workshop and I saw a guy come in who I've seen begging on the streets for hostel money. Naturally I assumed he came in to try and get some change from people, so I didn't pay much heed until I saw him talking to one of the staff members there. Now I was told that this guy comes in from time to time, and that he is a recovering heroin addict and alcoholic, but that he liked coming into the shop and painting now and then, which is fair enough. What I didn't expect was the staff to try and sell him things, which is exactly what was going on. This guy in question clearly has some mental issues, and without sounding condescending or just being a dickhead, he doesn't seem to be capable of adult decision making( he dresses like a pirate). The guy had about 30 euro on him, in five euro notes and coins. He was pointed towards the Warhammer giant kit, by didn't have the money for it. So instead of directing this guy to one I the cheap little clam packs, he insisted he was going to go out and busk/ beg for the other 20 odd euro. The staff members did absolutely nothing to even discourage him. Bearing in mind this man struggles for a bed every night, is it really ethical to be selling him 50+ euro of plastic without a second thought? I'm well aware that a sale is a sale, but surely some form of conscience has to come into play given his situation. It's not even as if ignorance can be blamed on the part of the staff, since the entire store seemed to know who he is. What's your opinion on something like this? Should the staff have possibly tried to downsell given the situation?
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