“Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth while not crossing your fingers behind your back?”~ Leigh Rubin.
The midweek word-prompt on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is FAIRNESS. Gerry tells us about a conversation with his barber and questions the reasons for red light cameras. This is my response to our prompt.
When chatting to his barber, the subject turned to traffic tickets that are backed up by camera evidence. His lady barber mentioned she’d recently run a red light because of being tailgated by the vehicle behind, and consequently, she disputed the fine (traffic ticket) because she felt it was unfair.
When you consider that the lady in question eventually had her fine reduced, it could be argued that she was dealt with fairly. On the other hand, was it unfair of the relevant authorities to continue issuing her traffic ticket?
Let’s imagine and compare a different situation, one where a person attacks another. Would it be unfair to arrest that person if the reason for the attack was because they were nervous and concerned that the other person might do them harm?
In another scenario, is it fair to convict someone and send them to prison for killing a man because they mistakenly thought he was armed with a gun?
Three situations and all with a similar theme; each of the accused considered themselves to be a potential victim, each of them believed that in breaking the law they did the right thing.
So, members of the jury, what do you think about each of the cases presented before you, what’s your verdict?
Guilty or Not Guilty, Fair or Unfair?
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Word-prompt FAIRNESS from Weekly Prompts. http://weeklyprompts.com/2019/03/13/word-prompt-fairness
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