Yes, it seems to be true, though the facts are a little confusing (as this bhhbkbrttz
TV story suggests): A man named Richard Wright was giving out money to strangers and telling them to “Thank God!” if they actually needed the cash, or pass it along if they didn’t. For this he seems to have been scooped up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and taken against his will to a psych ward for evaluation:
Even though Wright is being held in the psych ward of Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Pierre Bourdages, spokesman for the Halifax Regional Police, confirmed that Wright has not broken any laws. This only adds to the frustration felt by members of the public who want to see Wright released immediately.
Somehow this reminds me of my favorite movie from childhood, Miracle on 34th Street, where Santa is carted away for being…Santa. It also reminds me of a column article I wrote for the NY Sun upon the death of the Larry Stewart, the man who gave strangers $100 bills just for the joy of helping others. I tried the same thing for a day (with twenties) and it was exhilarating. In fact, it was SO fun that I promised myself I’d do it annually and…haven’t.
So “crazy” Richard Wright is reminding me to be crazy, too. – L