A lot of people do not think that this is a big deal, but with all of the negative crap that has been happening with teens lately it is nice to see a positve story for once.

 

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  1. NickinSTL posted on 08/29/2013 10:03 PM
    The media is making too big of a deal about this. I'm not hating on the teens. Good for them. But, its bizarre to see them showing up on the Today show, and being lauded on all of the major news outlets, for not stealing. You indicated on your show today that this was "EPIC". If this is the new EPIC, then I'm scared. If the media wanted to showcase a feel good positive story about teens, it seems like they wouldn't have to look very hard to find something better than "not stealing". Perhaps a story about kids doing volunteer work, donating kidneys, random acts of heroism.

    Why is everyone so surprised that they paid for the items? Isn't that what consumers are supposed do when they go to a store? If I were a parent of one of the showcased teens, I would suggest to them that they don't do the media interviews because its embarrassing that (impliedly through all of the attention they are getting), folks are surprised that they didn't steal. I guess Miley and all of the other bad example teens have led to a new low for societal expectations.
  2. Momof3 posted on 08/29/2013 10:38 PM
    I believe this is a more delicate issue than most are aware of. At first glance, this story appears as "chicken soup for the soul". However, it goes farther than that and more importantly, the media has a very serious responsibility to know the full impact of their stories. First, we are insulting these children by implying we are surprised they "didn't rob the owners blind". Really? And secondly, we are telling people that when you don't steal, you get rewarded with gift certificates and news stories. So, if I'm not going to get rewarded for not stealing, should I steal? What's my incentive not to steal if I don't make it on the Today show? We are sending the wrong message with this misplaced attention. We raise our kids to be morally successful people because that's what we are supposed to do. I feel great when I do the right thing. When you place kids on a pedestal for doing the right thing, you rob them of that feeling and replace it with "gifts". I'm glad these kids did the right thing. I hope that my kids go to school with kids like them, but we have to think about what we are really telling our children.
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