A New York University business student thought he could make a killing from Osama Bin Laden‘s death; no pun intended. When Maurice Harary, 23, heard of Bin Laden’s death, he immediately designed a line of t-shirts celebrating his passing and sold them on his website called Osamadeadtees.com.
Harary has sold over 25,000 shirts and has made over $300,oo0, but he’s giving that fast cash back. His get-rich-quick plan has not only brought him loads of money, but an enormous amount of guilt as well.
“I will now be refunding all orders on Osama dead tees,” he said. “Celebrating over the death of someone, whoever it is, is evil in my eyes.”
His patriotic, yet disturbing, tees display phrases like “Dead” and “Osama’s Back, Not” along with Bin Laden’s photo.
“I feel it’s not a positive way to be making money,” he said. “I don’t want my success to come at the expense of anyone else.”
Harary apparently has a lot of heart, though I’m not sure why this stroke of sensitivity came to him after his brilliant idea started making him loads of cash.
Guilty or not, I can’t help but to think his line of tees were shear brilliance. He’s cashed-in on America’s feelings of nationalistic pride, and, though it may have not been the most honest way to make a buck, you have to give the guy props for creating a hot product so quickly.
Additionally, these t-shirts are by no means graphic, and, though they may exploit the death of Bin Laden, I think they are something that Americans can wear shamelessly.
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