According to David Leavitt’s Twitter bio, he fancies himself as supposedly an “Award-Winning Multimedia Journalist. Bylines: CBS, AXS, Yahoo, Examiner, etc.”
After minimal research, it was readily apparent that Leavitt is nothing short of a troll, a fraud and a classless pig.
But first things first.
So, what did the Richmond resident actually do to have her child legally kidnapped by the Commonwealth of Virginia?
Wait for it… Ramirez has the audacity to celebrate Columbus Day with her daughter.
Specifically, here’s just some of what Salgado reported (emphasis mine);
Yes, you read that right. A leftist journalist called Child Protective Services on a Republican state Senate candidate and single mother because she teaches her daughter to celebrate Columbus Day. Apparently, celebrating the man who made it possible for America to exist and for us to live here falls under the leftist definition of “abuse.”
Self-described “Award-Winning Multimedia Journalist” David Leavitt called Child Protective Services (CPS) on Republican Virginia state Senate candidate and single mom Tina Ramirez for being pro-Columbus Day.
The drama began when Ramirez referenced PayPal’s recent attempt to fine “misinformation”-spreaders $2,500. Ramirez tweeted, “Only women can be pregnant. Do I owe PayPal $2500 now?” Leavitt replied with the highly rational comment, “Why are you celebrating torture, rape, murder, and enslavement?” Ramirez, apparently realizing that Leavitt was referring to Columbus Day, tweeted, “I teach my daughter real American history. I refuse to join the radical left’s campaign to erase history.”
Ramirez fired back at Leavitt’s stunt, tweeting, “Mighty bold and liberal of you to lecture a Hispanic mother with a black daughter on racism. What’s next? Are you going to lecture me on women’s rights?” Leavitt sneered, “Having a black child doesn’t make you any less racist.”
Can someone please call child care services on Tina Ramirez who’s teaching her child to be a racist? https://t.co/JL00PJNU5z
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) October 10, 2022
As I noted in the beginning of this posting, Leavitt has already shown himself to be a classless pig. Now I’ll finish up by exposing him as a troll and a fraud.
For whatever reason, the name David Leavitt rung a bell. After just minimal digging, now I remember why I recall this scumbag’s name.
I’m sure we all remember the Manchester, England, terrorist attack during the Ariana Grande concert back in 2017. For those who may have forgotten, the Islamist bomber killed 22 innocent people, and injured well over 1,000.
It was Leavitt who went to social media after the attack, sending out the now since deleted tweets;
It was only after outrage did he finally tweet;
I’ve delete the tweet since so many people asked
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) May 23, 2017
Remember in Leavitt’s Twitter bio where he claimed to have worked for CBS and AXS? Well, maybe not;
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 23, 2017
When it comes to bragging about writing for the now defunct Examiner, that’s kind of like bragging that you were accepted to DeVry University.
Classless pig – check.
Troll – check.
Now I’ll show what a fraud he is.
From a 2020 report from Jack Marshall of EthicsAlarms.com (emphasis mine);
In Massachusetts, David Leavitt found that Target had mislabeled an electric toothbrush as costing $0.01 rather than $100. When he eagerly rushed to take advantage of the obvious error, a Target checkout employee refused to sell the item at that price, and the store manager backed up the employee.
This set Mr. Leavitt, who says he is a journalist (he appears to be a gaming writer), off into a full-scale social media attack on Target. “This [Target] manager Tori is not honoring the price of their items per Massachusetts law,” tweeted Leavitt, including the young manager’s photo. He then indignantly announced that he had called the police on the Target manager, and said he was prepared to take her and the store to court.
As reporter Marshall has so eruditely noted (emphasis mine);
Ethics Alarms has dealt with this issue before. It is unethical to try to take financial advantage of an obvious mistake by anyone, businesses and banks included. Sometimes a court will rule that a business is stuck when it goofs, usually courts do not. For example, people who try to hold on to money mistakenly deposited in their bank accounts, or cash they get when an ATM goes nuts, invariably fail, as they should. They are being greedy, attempting to take money that doesn’t belong to them, and their conduct is ethically indefensible by any standard, including the Golden Rule.
This situation is no different.
Leavitt is being an asshole, in technical terms. He knows the price posted was a mistake. A decent, fair, rational citizen would accept that, alert the store that it needs to fix the label, and stop at that. Maybe such a citizen will get some kind a reward from the store (this once happened to me). Instead, this epic jerk goes, in the immortal words of Marsellus Wallace in “Pulp Fiction,” “Medieval on Target’s ass,” and its poor manager too.
His rationalization for his appalling behavior, and this is rich, is that he can’t afford to go to the dentist, so, presumably, he believes this entitles him to steal an electric toothbrush from Target. Or perhaps in a recent rant Bernie Sanders or AOC has announced that an electric toothbrush is a basic human right—-I’m a little behind.
Leavitt claims that Target and Tori are violating a Massachusetts law that requires stores to sell items at the posted price. There are few things more humiliating than throwing a self-righteous fit based on your own mistake. I don’t know if Leavitt is really a journalist, but he sure isn’t a lawyer.
The law he thinks backs him up doesn’t. It clearly says that an obvious pricing error, one that qualifies as “gross,” and this was a gross error by any standard, isn’t enforceable.
Now I’m almost feeling sorry for David. He’s made a national fool of himself, and will be mercilessly targeted (heh, heh) out of all proportion by the Social Media Furies. He will likely lose his job (if he has one), and become a pariah until the latest hapless miscreant comes along.