you don’t understand how karma works

July 30, 2009 at 8:34 am | | news, scientific integrity

A former employee at SLAC intentionally destroyed thousands of protein crystals. Fortunately, only a couple hundred had not already been measured. You can read about it at C&E News or SF Chronicle.

Apparently, she claims that she wanted to reset her bad karma by harming her boss who had fired her (for not showing up to work for weeks). That’s not karma, that’s vengence.

We don’t know the entire story; maybe her boss was a real jackass. Regardless, she acheived vengence upon her boss by harming many other people—who had spent their research time crystallizing those proteins. That’s not very considerate.

They let this crazy woman in and Charles can’t even get past the gate at SLAC when he’s invited there!

UPDATE: She’s missing!


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  1. Wow. wowwww. With karma like that, I think she might get hit by a bus (perhaps driven by some poor grad student).

    Even if the boss was a jackass, she took it out on Science. Why couldn’t she have just keyed up the bosses’ car?

    Comment by joel — July 30, 2009 #

  2. Security at SLAC seems to be, well, a bit slack.

    Comment by z — July 30, 2009 #

  3. unless you’re black.

    Comment by sam — July 30, 2009 #

  4. This is what happens when you hire sociopaths. A boss is obligated to treat his/her employees with dignity and respect. It’s not bad karma, rather it is bad hiring practices.

    Comment by axion — July 31, 2009 #

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