Friday, September 16, 2011

Taking Money and Denying Claims. What's your Policy?

A guy retrieves a baby's toy, which somehow

inspires a woman to slightly move a coffee cup (good deed quota fulfilled for the day!) which reminds another guy that he really ought to

help that guy who slipped and fell in the rain (never would have occurred to him if he hadn't been inspired by the Coffee Cup Moving Incident), which

convinces the guy who fell down to hold the elevator (again, this guy is going straight to heaven!) which

is just what the woman who gets on the elevator needed to be moved to save a motorcycle from being damaged. And it's a darn good thing because this woman later decides to play Nanny to a guy who is leaning over just a LITTLE too much in his chair. This inspires another woman to

save a guy from being crushed by boxes. Oddly enough, this encourages another onlooker to

let a guy cross the street (instead of running him over, which, I suppose, he would have done if not inspired by the selfless gesture of another person earlier.)
Anyway, this all ends up with yet another baby toy being retrieved by another Good Samaritan.

Two things about all this nonsense: first, are we really supposed to believe that common acts of human decency, most of which are carried out without any real thought (and why would they be?) must be inspired by the example of other acts of decency?

(Of course, discussing basic human decency in a conversation about insurance...bit of a stretch already...)

Second- it's more than a little hysterical that all of this is supposed to be connected to an INSURANCE company- the same vultures who wouldn't recognize a random act of kindness if it bit them in the ass (it tells me a lot about Liberty Mutual that they equate moving a coffee cup with saving a guy from being crushed by crates. It's all the same to any insurance executive- neither gets done, unless it's part of the coverage provided by the paid policy. If then.) How does all this "doing the right thing" bs equate into denying payment of a kids' root canal surgery because his grandmother had dentures?

Oh, and the smarmy, feel-good music- give me a break.


  1. This is good for a nasty chuckle, isn't it? Watching the same band of creeps who pay for candidates to make up wild stories about death panels so they can stampede old people into paying more for worse health care talking about kindness is like watching Chuckie Manson talk about mental health.

  2. Not sure if you're just being smartalecky here, but the idea behind the moving of the coffee cup, I thought, was that it was the coffee cup of the woman who moved it--it still had some coffee in it, but she was leaving the coffee shop, so she moved it toward the miserable-looking guy who happened to be sitting at the same table, who appears to be one of those poor homeless folks who occasionally pops into coffee shops to get warm, and stays until he gets chased out by the staff for not buying anything. And her pushing the cup toward him is her way of saying "Here, you poor miserable wretch, I'm not drinking it anymore, so you can have the dregs of my coffee AND they won't chase you out of here so quickly now."

    Which sounds great until you think about how much nicer it would've been for her to just break down and buy the guy his own cup of coffee if she was in such a kind mood. Maybe even something to eat. Rather than leaving him with cold coffee dregs and a cup with her cooties on it, so she could leave for the rest of her day feeling like a Good Person.