Problem Solver: Bill for no service at hospital is erased

There are 17 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 19, 2009, titled Problem Solver: Bill for no service at hospital is erased. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

In the days after his car accident Dec. 3, the words of a paramedic on the scene echoed through Richard Takacs' head.

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Hockeybuff

Chicago, IL

#1 Jan 20, 2009
Im sorry but i cant believe the kid did not send the guy his replacement. In the Original story the kid said the signed replacement stick would be OK BUT... it was not the same thing. So if it was not the same and really no big deal and this nice guy you dont even know pays $100 for the stick you REALLY wanted and then sends it back to you you should send him the other stick. The father should step in.
Hockeybuff

Chicago, IL

#2 Jan 20, 2009
Atleast the Blackhawks and Patrick Kane were cool about it asa were the Red Wings.

Nice job to you to Mr Problem Solver. Kudos all around except the father of the boy who really should have sent that "other" stick to the Dentist
just me

Arlington Heights, IL

#3 Jan 20, 2009
I'd make my kid give it to the guy who gave him the original! Dad says "It's his decision," way to teach your kid it's okay to be selfish.
Shamus

Lake In The Hills, IL

#4 Jan 20, 2009
I didn't know they still played hockey! Is it played on ice or on the street? If on ice -- when is the next year-long strike scheduled?
Lyn

Gurnee, IL

#5 Jan 20, 2009
Why should this young man return the stick. This situation was not his fault. I think it is good that the North Carolina guy did the right thing but the bottom line is this guy bought a winter classic hockey in a men's bathroom - hello shouldn't that have been a clue that something wasn't right. It infuriates me that some of you think that this young man was selfish, again he did nothing wrong!

Since: Dec 08

Irving, TX

#6 Jan 20, 2009
Low-class move on the part of the Kalan family. "Oh, if only it weren't autographed, we would give it to him..." Whatever! Do the right thing, regardless of the circumstances.

Since: Dec 08

Irving, TX

#7 Jan 20, 2009
Lyn wrote:
Why should this young man return the stick. This situation was not his fault.
The kid got what was rightfully his -- the original stick which was taken from him. Once that's settled, any extra rewards ought to be directed toward the man who performed an act of kindness and sacrifice.
Lyn wrote:
I think it is good that the North Carolina guy did the right thing but the bottom line is this guy bought a winter classic hockey in a men's bathroom - hello shouldn't that have been a clue that something wasn't right.
What exactly should have been the clue? Where is the right place to buy sports memorabilia? Only outside the stadium? Or is inside ok? If so, in which areas of the stadium?(Obviously the bathroom doesn't make your list.)

Since: Feb 08

Miamisburg, OH

#8 Jan 20, 2009
He should send Mr. Pappert the autographed stick.
Millie S Sox Fan

AOL

#9 Jan 20, 2009
All of you bleeding hearts who think the kid should give the stick to the dentist should mind your own business,he is a kid for christ sake, I don't buy the story that the dentist bought the stick in the first place,one of his friends got the stick away from the kid and when they seen the story in the paper they gave it back. So go and worry about something else and not a 14 year old with a pair of hockey sticks.
Johnnie B

Ashburn, VA

#10 Jan 20, 2009
People, people....the kid is a Wings fan of course he is going to be a punk!!!!

His father dropped the ball on teaching him the appropriate lesson but remember they live in Gurnee (par for the course).
BARACKHUSSEINOBA MA

Carmel, IN

#11 Jan 20, 2009
I will be sure that any and all fans who want hockey sticks will have them.

This will be in my bailout package that I present to Congress later today.

I am here to save the world.
Johnny

Birmingham, AL

#12 Jan 20, 2009
I was hoping, when I saw that the hockey stick story had been updated, that the dentist's honesty and integrity would be rewarded. Thanks to the Hawks for taking care of a loyal fan and all around decent human being.
ontariofan

Monroe, NC

#13 Jan 20, 2009
This is CRAP, as a parent of 3 kids, I would take that stick and mail it to Pappert!!Not only did he spend $100, he also had to pay to ship it to the kids. COME ON PLEW FAMILY AT LEAST GIVE PAPPERT"S WIFE the new stick...
HuH

Wheaton, IL

#14 Jan 20, 2009
Millie S Sox Fan wrote:
All of you bleeding hearts who think the kid should give the stick to the dentist should mind your own business,he is a kid for christ sake, I don't buy the story that the dentist bought the stick in the first place,one of his friends got the stick away from the kid and when they seen the story in the paper they gave it back. So go and worry about something else and not a 14 year old with a pair of hockey sticks.
Many different people have been extremely kind to this kid when they didn't have to be and he is just keeping everything for himself. Is that is right to do that? Yes. Would I want my kid to pass at least some of that kindness on? Yes.
Selfish KID

Grand Forks, ND

#15 Jan 21, 2009
If I would have done something like that my dad would have given me a swift kick in the butt! What a greedy little sucker. I think "Problem Solver" should write another story how this greedy little kid should now get nothing!
Wings Fan

Portland, OR

#16 Jan 22, 2009
We've had about the same reaction on the Detroit papers boards. This kid is a selfish brat.
I think the right thing to do would be to either return the second stick to the Wings or auction it off for charity. He got back what was rightfully his so it is wrong to keep the 2nd stick.
It wouldn't be bad to send it to the Dentist. Either that or send the Dentist his 100$+ shipping. The stick's worth more than that.
Iceman

Springfield, IL

#17 Jan 23, 2009
Dateline Feb. 22nd @ the Chicago Wolves game. PLEW....PLEW....PLEW....YOU S*CK!!!

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