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Burnt Rug Appraiser

Richard Lindzen is an MIT physicist who recently ran into a situation centered around his 18th century oriental rug. Mr. Lindzen is known for being a skeptic of global warming and this proved to be an issue when his wife brought in a rug to be appraised after a house fire burned some of the carpet. In order to submit it to insurance, the couple needed to have a price of the rug quoted by a professional. When Mrs. Lindzen brought the burnt rug to the appraiser, the owner refused to take the rug and explained that he had emailed her husband the reason why.

The email to Mr. Lindzen is as follows: " I am sorry to inform you that after some consideration, I’ve decided not to perform the appraisal service that you’ve requested. Your writing on the subject of global warming is offensive to me personally, and I feel that I would have difficulty being an impartial appraiser of value given my view on the subject." This is just a bad situation to put yourself in. Now the appraiser will surely not be getting any business from any associates of Mr. Lindzen, and to not do a service because of your beliefs on a theoretical matter is a bit unprofessional...especially when the man you are denying service serves on many high profile environmental commitees.




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