Target: Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School
Goal: Call for termination of mean-spirited and immoral business professor
Recently, a professor at Harvard Business School threatened to take legal action against a small local restaurant for a four dollar bill discrepancy. Associate Professor Ben Edelman claims that he was charged an extra four dollars because the website price and the price on his bill were different. On its face, this seems like a valid claim but it turns out that the professor was in the wrong. Unable to admit his mistake. he went on the threaten the business with legal action and conduct himself in a way ill-befitting a professor of anything, let alone business. This man must be removed from his position as a professor of business as he clearly does not understand how they run.
After realizing that he had been overcharged, Edelman emailed the owner of the restaurant to inquire as to why. It turns out that the website of the restaurant was out of date because the business couldn’t afford to update it. The owner graciously offered to refund Edelman but that wasn’t enough for this member of the Ivory Tower. The professor then demanded three times the amount of the original overcharge as remuneration for the mistake and threatened the owner with legal action over the course of several condescending emails. The owner then pointed out that his website had a disclaimer stating prices may vary but the professor was unsatisfied.
The most important thing to remember about all of this is that to someone working as a professor at Harvard Business School, four dollars is a paltry sum. Yet this sad, misguided man took it upon himself to be some kind of cheap vigilante. If he acts this way in his real life, then he has no place teaching people about business ethics or morality. Please sign below to ensure he doesn’t spread this kind of mean-spirited and unethical approach to business to any more students.
Dear Dean Nohria,
One of the professors currently teaching at you business school recently conducted himself in a way ill-befitting an educator and must be removed from his position immediately. Ben Edelman was recently charged four dollars more than he expected to be while ordering Chinese food from a small local restaurant. When this was brought to the attention of the owners, they offered to refund him the small sum and apologized summarily. This was not enough for Edelman however.
He continued to berate and condescend the owners via email until he finally threatened them with legal action if they did not compensate him for three times the overcharge and then half of his total meal. This is all after he was proven wrong by the humble shop owner due to a disclaimer that was featured on the website.
I am calling for nothing short of Edelman’s termination. He cannot be allowed to teach business to students if he conducts himself in this way. He clearly has very little understanding of small business or business ethics anymore and is therefore unsuited for his position.
[Your Name Here]
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