To whom Aaron Mayerson’s honor or lack thereof may concern:

Aaron Mayerson, of Macalester College (class of ’13 or so), has been riding Budapest public transit for three months without paying. To the best of my knowledge, the total amount of his theft is about $150, the price of three months of ~$50 monthly passes.

I tried and failed to convince him not to twice, once in front of his peers at Budapest Semesters in Mathematics and once alone, and failed, and I couldn’t get anyone else to convince him either. Accordingly, I’ve given up on dealing with it, and I post this warning.

Adam Hesterberg
Princeton ’11
(2011-12 Fulbright student in Budapest)
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And now, back to blogging:
I didn’t want to deal with Aaron, since his theft shouldn’t be my problem, but no one else whom he told about it is doing anything about it, and I refuse to let nothing be done about it.
After I’d tried and failed twice to convince Aaron to stop, I started looking for someone with some sort of authority to take over the responsibility for dealing with it from me, which was surprisingly hard: the BSM director, the American embassy, and the Macalaster Office of Student Affairs said they couldn’t deal with it but suggested someone else; the transit system office doesn’t have a way to deal with violators other than the laughably rare ticket controllers (but thanked me for trying); the Macalester Honor Code doesn’t exist (appropriate, apparently); and the Macalester study abroad office and his parents didn’t respond (although the latter’s publically available email might’ve been broken). It’s now almost time for him to leave Budapest, so I have to just give up and post his name, college, and offense on my blog, so that on the tiny chance that someone finds the blog by googling him, they’d be warned about his morals.
Not paying for the public transit is fortunately probably rare, but doesn’t require an atypically amoral person. I do think requires an atypically amoral person, though, to not realize it was wrong when confronted about it, given time to think, and confronted again, as I hope my friends would do for me if I were doing something dishonorable. Until this, I thought well of him; clearly, I was wrong.
(Aaron’s rationalization should be irrelevant, but it’s that they have a fine for riding without a ticket, which makes it ok to ride without tickets as long as you pay the fine if you’re caught.)
Incidentally, they just had to raise taxes to bail out the transit company.
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