I know I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I’m already nominating, voting, and sending off the award for “F’d Up Issue of the Week”. And who does that go to? None other than giant mega corporation, BOEING!
Now why, you may ask, does a company like Boeing deserve such an honor, and so early in the week? Well let me tell you… Public relations is a BITCH! You see, there once was a small child that liked to draw airplanes. He loved them so much that it’s all he wanted to draw. He loved them so much, he wants to design airplanes when he’s “big”. And he chose his favorite picture and mailed it off to Boeing. (Whole story here).
Well Boeing, being that giant mega corporation, wanted to protect it’s ass in case, say that child grew up, pulled out a copy of his picture, and decided to sue. You know, because a plane has wings and a tail, just like the one in his picture. So smartly, Boeing sent out a lawyerly letter saying that they do NOT accept unsolicited plane sketches and they DESTROYED HIS PICTURE. Are you, gentle reader, doing a giant facepalm right now? Because I am.
This is the youngster’s drawing:
The poor dad. He’s now wondering what, if anything, he should tell his son Harry. You know what, Dad? Wait until he’s older, then tell them that Boeing is a soulless multinational corporation. Because it is. Hell, 99% of corporations are soulless; some less than others, some more than others. They sort of admitted it in this tweet:
Kids dreams are chipped away at every day, and unfortunately, that’s what Boeing did with their letter to this child (you can read the letter at the father’s website). They’re going to correct the wrong in the future. But still – damage is done. This whole situation reminds me of why the janitor on Scrubs became a janitor. In the video below, imagine little Harry is the one looking for his bear, and the mother is Boeing. It fits, quite succinctly.