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Incentives vs. Anarchic Douchebaggery
The news article's headline read, "Razor blades glued to playground at IL park
" and I clicked the link. The body of the article related a disturbing tale:
"EAST MOLINE, IL (KWQC/CNN) - A 2-year-old was injured by razor blades glued to playground equipment at a park Monday, according to authorities.
Lt. Brian Foltz said police responded to Millennium Park around 12:45 p.m. CT. The boy had been cut on his hand.
'East Moline parks are safe, but it's just a bad situation, bad instance where somebody or maybe a group of kids, I don't know who did this, but figured this would be a fun prank to do,' Foltz said.
The boy's father treated him at home and went back to the park with police. They found and removed about a dozen razors glued onto the equipment with a white, putty-like substance.
Other park visitors said they were surprised to see that kind of vandalism.
'We just kind of think about them swinging on the swing set or, you know, climbing the monkey bars,' said parent Ty Langley. 'You don't really think about razor blades.'
Police said they are investigating the incident. They went back to Millennium Park around 5 p.m. to double-check the scene. They also looked at the rest of the city's parks.
'We wanted to check out, just to make sure, and so far, we have not found anything else in any of the parks,' Foltz said."
I cannot help but wonder what incentive could society offer--through the offer of reward or the threat of punishment--to the people most likely to engage in socially destructive behavior such as this that would effectively reduce the occurrence of such incidents to nil? Do any such incentives exist, I wonder? Is the implementation of any such incentive economically feasible?
When I read articles like this, I just thank God I have no children, shake my head, and say to myself: Video Games , Playing Outside .
"He who has relied least on fortune is established the strongest." -Niccolo Machiavelli