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Editor Debra Gorgos talks about the concerns, celebrations, and comings and goings of the carwashing industry that she hears about and witnesses in her daily life.

Name calling, bullies and keeping the peace

July 12, 2012
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I'm not sure if it's the extreme heat in upstate New York, or the fact that I'm a sucker for random acts of kindness, but whatever the reason, I found myself uncontrollably enraptured in this series of photos showcasing good deeds by people from all over the world. Those photos along with captions can be found by clicking on this link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/pictures-that-will-restore-your-faith-in-humanity.

It was extremely moving to see photos of complete strangers stepping in to save a person, or an animal. I mean, I know the good outweighs the bad in this world, but sometimes it's easy to lose sight of that, especially when you hear about things like what happened in Greece, NY, to bus monitor Karen Klein. For those of you who don't know, Klein is a 68-year-old bus monitor who was mercilessly bullied by four middle school children on the bus. They called her names and even after she started to cry, the bullying continued. And Klein didn't get mad or berate the children, instead she just sat there, hoping it would just stop, as she said later on in an interview. One of the kids recorded video of the whole thing and put it on Facebook, and then it made its way onto Youtube where it went viral. Since that incident, which can be read about here, people from all over the world have come forward with donations to give to the grandmother of eight. The idea is to be able to send her on a vacation. As of this morning, $479,137 has been raised.

I am somewhat shocked by all of the donations coming in. I know that bullying is happening all over the world and question if this one victim deserves as much as she will be getting, but am at the same time pleased by these acts of kindness from complete strangers. This world is made up of good people.

But, what the Karen Klein incident has really done is it has brought the non-discriminatory face of bullying to the forefront. It doesn't just happen between kids, it happens to adults as well. And, unfortunately, adults can be bullies, too.

When reading about the recent happenings at carwashes in California, New Mexico and New York, I was shocked to learn about how cruely some of the employees were treated. It's shameful and awful. It does not represent the carwashing industry, which I have grown to adore, which is based on integrity and altruism. The way the carwash owners allegedly treated the employees is a form of bullying, and I hope no more incidents are occuring at any other washes. The carwashing industry is an amazing one, so now we have to make sure its reputation is not tainted by these rotten-to-the-core apples.

So, I am now pledging for you all to please keep sending me your positive news and stories and let me know of any good deeds happening at your wash. I love getting those emails where you let me know about a fundraising event, etc. These stories are needed, and appreciated, now more than ever before.