It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Disturbing Headline of the Day, but this is mostly due to the fact that I was suffering from CNN overload and decided to take a break from reading the news every day. It was just getting depressing and/or frightening knowing every bad thing that happens, so I just decided to choose not to read it so much. Judge if you must. Your DHOTD:
Kid Sells Kidney for iPad 2, Regrets Transaction
I think the person who came up with this headline should get a gold star. I just love the: “*pause*… regrets transaction.” It’s as if they’re kind of laughing on the inside even though this story is terribly sad and all kinds of illegal. Or it’s as if there’s some subliminal sad-trombone going on in the background.
Also I think the fact that this majorly serious, drastic exchange it is simply referred to as a “transaction,” as if you were just buying some batteries at Kroger, just speaks volumes.
Anyway apparently this poor sweet (in pat-him-on-the-head, ignorance-is-bliss sort of way) 17-year-old iPad-coveting kid sold his kidney for about $3100 on the black market at a questionable “hospital” and did not tell his mom about it.
She noticed. But not because he assumably had stitches, or she hadn’t seen him in a while. She noticed that he had an iPad and that, my friend, seemed fishy. He then apparently told her the truth and they called the authorities.
I’m just not sure whether to laugh or cry at this story, but it was disturbing nonetheless.
Read the full story here.