Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
That's something for which we can thank Silicon Valley.
Well, we can thank the Valley's abject disregard for ethics, one that's finally caught up with many of its companies. Why, even Stanford has begun to discover the concept.
Still, when you run a business you don't always -- often? ever? -- expect people to do the right thing.
Which is, perhaps, why the story of Andrew Sipowicz and his car has moved so many this week.
He returned to his car last Monday, parked in Buffalo, New York, to experience a sinking feeling.
He also experienced something he never expected.
His car, you see, had endured a substantial dent in its front left side. It seemed as if there had been a hit and a run.
Yet perched inside his windshield wiper was a note. A very detailed note, as it happened, from a 6th grader.
The spelling wasn't perfect. The sentiment certainly was.
As Sipowicz revealed on Twitter, the note detailed what had actually happened to his car.
If your wondering what happen to your car.
Bus: 449 hit your car It stops here everyday to drop me off.
What happened? She was trying to pull off and hit the car. She hit and run. She tried to vear over and squeeze threw but couldn't. She actually squeezed threw. She made a dent and I saw what happened.
-Driver seat left door
-A lady in the bus driver seat 499.
-Buffalo Public School bus
-A 6th grader at Houghten Academy
Sipowicz, a student at Canisius College, told WKBW-TV:
It sets a good example for a lot of students. Not just students, but just people in general.
What resulted is that the bus company is covering the cost of repairs and giving Sipowicz a loaner car. The bus driver, reports CNN, will be fired.
We get wrapped up in the bad deeds of companies because they appear to have such large consequences.
At heart, though, the bad deeds of companies are merely the bad deeds of individuals, written in capital letters and involving large amounts of capital.
Yet simple stories of goodwill also spread around the web, as this one has.
It's almost as if people want to be reassured that, in the midst of a world that seems to bathe delightedly in corruption, there still are good people.
Not too long ago, I wrote about a woman who drove up to a Starbucks drive-thru and, for no reason at all, decided to buy the coffee of the woman behind.
That story led to unexpected consequences and national attention.
These days, we watch as so many who could say something, end up saying nothing.
We're told that kids don't bother with anything but themselves, buried as they are in their phones.
Here, though, is a simple lesson of a 6th-grader who stopped, looked around and did the right thing. A generous thing.
Perhaps we should all do that a little more often.
Shoutout to the anonymous 6th grader for saving me a couple thousand (Bus not drawn to scale) pic.twitter.com/7aNK10xSwX-- Andrew Sipowicz (@Andrew_Sipowicz) November 20, 2018