I do not claim to be he who can throw stones at glass houses. I have had my share of transgressions, many of which I recall vividly, and they do not bring me any satisfaction. No doubt there were many others I do not recall, nor were ever aware of.
In fact, I remember a couple of times . . . but, well, maybe that is a tale for another venue on another day. As my friend Ruben Klamer was heard to exclaim, “You have to buy the book!”
I have long remembered a story my father told on the concept of “dirty hands”. I don’t ever want to have “dirty hands” as a result of giving or receiving consideration, inducement to favor, or bribes by any other name. To date I am grateful never to have been put in that situation, and hope that I never shall. Should I one day encounter a bribe, I hope that I can remember my father's admonishment and continue to have clean hands.
Bribery, envelopes of cash, and favors are rampant in the toy industry, as in every other industry, not more, and perhaps not less. But, knowing that bribery exists in the toy industry, since it is my industry and the industry that creates products that put the joy in childhood, saddens me a great deal.