Qu Jin

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When peo­ple found out that these car­tons were noth­ing but a pub­lic­ity stunt, their dis­ap­point­ment was un­der­stand­able. Some even say that if there was no camera, maybe the whole car­ton would have been stolen. Such com­ments re­flect the pub­lic’s deep mis­trust of oth­ers’ morals. Some hope to see an un­mon­i­tored sce­nario where ev­ery­one be­haves.

How­ever, is it true that noth­ing pos­i­tive can come from such pub­lic­ity stunts? No one stole coins from the boxes, but no one was forced to throw coins into the boxes ei­ther, yet many peo­ple chose to do the lat­ter. You may ar­gue that they did so out of ego. Even if it is to grat­ify their ego, or to teach their chil­dren to do so, does it mat­ter? At least they know it is the right thing to do.

Vol­un­tary kind­ness and will­ing­ness to help oth­ers is vir­tu­ous, but those who do good deeds be­cause there is a camera record­ing what they are do­ing should also be praised. If this was just a ploy to gain recog­ni­tion, but not di­rect com­mer­cial profit, the move should not be con­demned. We can re­gard it as a game that re­minds us to help each other. Of course, this com­pany must make sure that it does not breach rel­e­vant laws and reg­u­la­tions.

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