Purchasing from a convicted criminal - would you?

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    04-28-2012, 10:48 AM
Purchasing from a convicted criminal - would you?

A question of morality. Would you purchase a product (that was quite good) if you knew that the inventer was currently serving time in jail (years) for a serious crime?
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    04-28-2012, 11:28 AM
I guess so I would, its not like he's building it with his hands or that its designed to cause crimes.
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    04-28-2012, 12:26 PM
Frankly I don't see how moral comes into the play.
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    04-28-2012, 01:01 PM
KV- The argument is that you wouldn't buy from them because you don't want to contribute money/wealth to someone who feels they are above the law

Specifically, there is a book out whose author is currently serving quite a bit of time for sexually harassing his students. There are people who refuse to buy the book because of who the author is.
    04-28-2012, 01:08 PM
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For me, it would have to be decided if the product is tied to the crime in any way. I am a believer in second, third forth chances....

However, I would NEVER buy or read OJ Simpons book where he, for the most part, confessed to killing Nicole. Making money on THAT? REALLY?

THAT would be the kind of line I would draw.
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    04-28-2012, 01:08 PM
Just because he did time doesn't mean he thinks he's above the law, could have been a crime of passion, a crime of desperation, ect. Sides, it shouldn't really matter to me, maybe he's rehabilitated and is now trying to make an honest living.

Business is business.
    04-28-2012, 01:11 PM
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I wont' name names, but there is a very popular Saddle brand that is now being made by prisoners in the Colorado Prison system ......lol....

I heard licenses plates are made by prisoners in many states

They need to work and learn a trade too

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    04-28-2012, 01:20 PM
Originally Posted by Tianimalz    
Just because he did time doesn't mean he thinks he's above the law, could have been a crime of passion, a crime of desperation, ect. Sides, it shouldn't really matter to me, maybe he's rehabilitated and is now trying to make an honest living.

Business is business.
Tian, no in this case it was not a crime of passion or desperation. This was a person who repeatedly sexually harassed students over a number of years, thus abusing the authoritative power he possessed.

I bought said book because I believe that this person is now serving their time and paying for his wrongdoings. I've been asked how on earth could I buy this book and make this person more wealthy so I opened the thread to see what HF thought.
    04-28-2012, 01:26 PM
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OK, so your example was the fact. What is the book about? If it is a "how to harass" book, I would say NO. If it was a book on totally unrelated questions, I see no reason not to buy/read it. His life has just been made much more difficult for having been convicted of a crime. He will have a lot of trouble making a living now. Hopefully, he has seen the evil of his ways. If not, well......

I see no reason, if the book is separate from his crimes, not to give him a chance at redemption.

I am not strongly religious, but it would seem the Christian thing to do, if you are.
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    04-28-2012, 01:30 PM
Agreed, if he is trying to profit from his crimes; then no. That is different. But if he were just trying to make a honest living then I'd see no reason to discriminate.
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