In less than one week, more than $25,000 in donations have poured in to help overextended entrepreneur Gus Rancatore make a significant downpayment on his back taxes and (can you do me this one good turn, Jesus?) potentially reopen, as an alternative to the Mass. Department of Revenue breaking up the hallowed establishment for pennies on the dollar.
Naturally, many people will wonder about the ethics of donating to save a mismanaged for-profit company. Who is he to ask, and why didn't you put your money into a proper charity?
My simple answer is: if you don't like the idea, don't do it.
I sent Gus a few bucks for the same reason that I donate to Corrente: to support creative people whom I admire.
Transcendent foodstuffs are, IMHO, a very precious art. And I would have felt awfully guilty not pitching in to help my favorite ice cream gallery live another day. Well, maybe not exactly guilty, but I knew I'd have pangs of something one day.
So, I'm proud of the current and former citizens of
Bedford Falls Cambridge who dug into their pockets and sent a little irrational exuberance to someone who makes us all scream for you-know-what.