Why is he in the news?
If you think bullies are teenagers lurking on schoolyard playgrounds, think again. At least one is a grown-up walking the hallowed halls of Harvard University.
His name is Ben Edelman. He not only teaches there, but he earned several diplomas including a law degree at that storied institution of higher education. But Edelman seems to have adopted the word “higher” as his personal calling card. You see, he’s higher than you and me. Or at least he seems anxious to let you know it.
A hardworking Chinese immigrant family found that out when the professor ordered a takeout meal of shredded chicken with spicy garlic sauce and three other dishes.
Edelman thought he was overcharged by $ 4 bucks ($ 1 dollar more for each dish), so he launched a relentless war on Ran Duan, who works with his parents at their restaurant, Sichuan Garden in Brookline. You can read the sordid details in a story at Boston.com where the website also published the unbelievable litany of Edelman’s intimidating and condescending emails to Duan. The prof’s remarks ooze with arrogance and conceit.
Edelman’s exchange with Duan has become a viral sensation, as it should. A Harvard professor vowing legal action over the sum of $ 4 dollars. Come on.
The professor has now apologized for his treatment of Duan and his family, but his emails will leave you shaking your head in disbelief that someone so supposedly “learned” could be so seemingly insufferable. Maybe that’s what a Harvard education gets you these days –a degree in imperiousness.
So in the last election did this douche post his chad for Romney or Obama?