Finals is a magical time of year. Sorry did I say magical? What I meant to say that finals is horrible, stressful, hysteria-inducing time of year that makes you forget that there was ever joy and happiness. (Of course, the light at the end of the horrific tunnel is that I am able to get good parking during winter break, but I know students aren’t as excited for me as I am.) But students aren’t the only ones that sometimes lose it during finals season. I give you Exhibit B-School Prof.
Harvard Business School Professor Ben Edelman, J.D., just wanted some Chinese food. He ordered and then found out that he had been overcharged. Some might say that his reaction (emailed threats of litigation) was a bit over the top considering it was the difference of $4, but Edelman was standing on principle (also the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute). Though one law prof says that Edelman might have been interpreting the law incorrectly. **Update** Edelman has apologized.
Maybe Edelman was just having a bad day. Maybe someone took his favorite study spot. Or maybe that girl sitting in the next aisle over just wouldn’t stop clicking her pen. Or maybe finals had nothing at all to do with it and he’s just that guy. Though I do give a hats off to him for reminding the world that there is a non-music definition of the world treble. So in conclusion, gentle readers, if you are amidst the fury of finals, I advise you to take a breath, remember that it’ll be over soon/your librarian will be able to get decent parking in mere weeks, and don’t sweat the metaphorical 4 bucks.