There have been dozens (maybe even hundreds, I haven't read the entire Internet) of articles and blog posts about these four individuals. People have been shaming them all over social media, and the whole running community is in an uproar.
Then there are those who say "What's the big deal? Who cares?" It is to those people that I feel the need to respond (not that they probably read this blog, but hey, it's my party and I'll bitch if I want to!).
In case you were not aware, taking things that you did not pay for is wrong. Stealing, lying, cheating, all of these things are not acceptable.
Did these four individuals kill anyone? Rob a bank? Kick a puppy? No. Of course not. They "only" bandited a race. They "only" copied a piece of paper. They "only" took water from the aid stations. They "only" took medals at the end of the race that hey, admittedly, they did run.
No big, right? No harm, no foul.
It's fucking wrong, people! (Sorry, mom) What if we all decided that banditing was ok? Who needs to pay for a race? Pfft, they are public streets, right? And water comes from lakes and stuff, so that's free, too, right? So why do we have to pay to run on streets and drink water? Dumb, right?
Well, what about all the food that's in grocery stores? I mean, that apple came from a tree that was grown in the USA, and I pay taxes to the US government, right? So really I already paid for that apple, so why should I pay for it again?
Ok, ok, so maybe that's a stretch. But you get what I'm saying. It's a slippery damn slope, and it scares the crap out of me that so many people are willing to go down it. When did we get to be a country of people with such entitlement issues? When did we stop believing in working for what we get, and just start expecting people to give us things? When did we start thinking it was ok to steal because it "isn't hurting anyone?"
I have two small kids. Every day I worry that I'm screwing them up in some way. Every day I'm worried that if I do something - or don't do something - they'll end up on some talk show saying that I ruined their lives. I do my best to make sure that they know they are loved, and that they know right from wrong. It makes my job harder when it seems like more and more people are changing the definition of "wrong."
Do I think that the Boston Athletic Association needs the extra money that those fake bibs should have cost? No. Of course not. Do I think that at the end of the day, those bandits really hurt anyone?
It's a slippery damn slope, people. We need to wake up, stop being entitled dumbasses, and remember what we'e all known since we were children. You don't take things that don't belong to you. Period.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke