Chuck Klosterman is The Ethicist for the NYT. I am the Monday Morning Ethicist.
Yesterday’s lead question for Chuck (link broken for me, I had to transcribe this from the dead tree edition):
Returning my cable box at the Time Warner store, I arrived to find 30 people ahead of me in line. Begrudgingly, I took a number (as you do at the deli counter) and waited. A woman turned around and told me she could no longer stay. She offered me her ticket, five numbers away from being called. At first I said no—it wouldn’t be fair to everyone else who was waiting—but she insisted. I took her ticket, returned my cable box and walked out of the store while everyone else kept waiting. Was it right to take the ticket? ALEXANDRA (last name withheld to prevent self douche-ificataion), NEW YORK CITY
Chuck said: In so many words, no.
Hell yes, it was right to take the ticket. And you probably should’ve called all of your fatheaded brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins to come down there and jump the line with you. I’m sure your braindead family has amassed quite a collection of cable boxes during its peripatetic odyssey of relocations and evictions from one squalid fleabag to the next. Then, while you’re at it, you may as well move en masse to the public health office and all cut in line together to get innoculated for whichever syndrome it is that causes in-breeding to produce two-headed babies. Except it’s probably too late.
Hope this helps.