Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Miss Manners may have omitted this case

Is it good manners to text someone if you are government child welfare agent and are notifying a woman who is soon to give birth that you will be confiscating her child?

Does the answer depend on whether or not you have already tried to contact the person in person and by phone? Or on how much effort you put into trying to do so?

I am conflicted about this one. It seems inappropriate to send this information by text message, but at the same time how much taxpayer money should be spent trying to contact someone by other means who is avoiding contact?