By now many have seen the story of Professor Ben Edelman of Harvard University, who’s now a national disgrace after mercilessly bullying a Chinese restaurant owner over $4.
Last week, Edelman ordered what he thought was $53.35 worth of Chinese food from Sichuan Garden’s Brookline Village location.
Edelman soon came to the horrifying realization that he had been overcharged. By a total of $4.
If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a Harvard Business School professor thinks a family-run Chinese restaurant screwed him out of $4, you’re about to find out.
Seriously, take the time to read that story and litany of obnoxious emails and threats made against the bewildered restaurant owner, whose gross offense was having a website with an out-of-date menu.
My statement on emails with Sichuan Garden: http://t.co/3owjAqnmEy
— Ben Edelman (@bgedelman) December 10, 2014
Many people have seen my emails with Ran Duan of Sichuan Garden restaurant in Brookline.
Having reflected on my interaction with Ran, including what I said and how I said it, it’s clear that I was very much out of line. I aspire to act with great respect and humility in dealing with others, no matter what the situation. Clearly I failed to do so. I am sorry, and I intend to do better in the future.
I have reached out to Ran and will apologize to him personally as well.
Let’s hope he’s learned a lesson, though judging by the tone of his emails he’s got a lot of work to do to become a decent human being.
Update: Interesting note here.
Edelman is originally from Washington, D.C., and was raised by two lawyers. His mother has represented senior citizens, and his father has worked on behalf of labor unions. Edelman’s aunt, Marian Wright Edelman, is president of the nonprofit Children’s Defense Fund.
And there’s some goodies in the comments for this mega-tool:
This guy has even surpassed Larry Lucchino on the Boston Hate Meter today, of all days, which was exceedingly hard to do! Nice looking fellow but the condescending look is very telling. Guys in the kitchen will be adding free “clams” to his order. He better get delivery from Springfield or Hartford or enjoy cooking.