Shortly after the St. Petersburg Times announced Mr. Smith's death on its website, a reader posted a comment stating the following: A man who is working as a dishwasher at the Crab Shack at the age of 48 is surely better off dead.Trolls gonna troll.
Web editors removed the comment, deeming it an offensive and insensitive insult to a dead man's friends and family. Though hardly unusual — check out the comments beneath stories about any recent tragedy — this one spurred the Times to make Mr. Smith the subject of this story, as a reminder that every life matters.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Another Case of "Is It So Hard to Show a Little Respect For the Dead?"
Hit-and-run victim was quiet and dependable, co-workers say - St. Petersburg Times: