We know Harvard nurtures and employs nothing but the best and the brightest. Exhibit the First: one Ben Edelman, who holds not one, not two, but three degrees from Harvard (including a law degree) and teaches at his alma mater. So much Harvarding! Mr. Harvard Business School Professor Lawyer Edelman ordered some Chinese takeout a few days ago, and, horror of horrors, he was charged a buck more per item than the website stated, because the website prices were out of date. So, Edelman did what any rational person would do: he reported the restaurant to the authorities and threatened to sue them. Wait, what??
Is this real life? Who on earth behaves like this? Make sure you hop on over to Boston.com and read the whole exchange, because it is…we were going to say “surreal” but instead we’re going with insane. Yep, definitely insane. The poor manager of the mom-and-pop Chinese restaurant first offers to give Edelman the $4 back, then accedes to Edelman’s demand for treble damages of $12 back, and then gives in to Edelman wanting half off his meal. He also immediately deals with the website pricing issue. None of this seems to mollify Edelman, who insists upon sending the poor guy one-million word emails about consumer fraud and reporting him to the authorities and Massachusetts law. Oh, and Edelman is still deciding whether to sue.
[H]e alerted town officials in Brookline about the matter, but told Boston.com he doesn’t expect them to take action. He plans to “take a few days” before deciding whether to pursue any further legal action against the restaurant.
If you are in Massachusetts, you better be lining up to represent Mr. Ran Duan, the manager of the bar/restaurant, ideally for free, if Edelman makes good on his threat. Duan deserves a veritable army of lawyers just for having had to endure Edelman’s endlessly pompous emails.