An American millionaire caused a reaction from many netizens by noting on Twitter that he had offered $100,000 to a passenger on a plane to remove her mask.
Steve Kirsch, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who believes he was behind one of the first optical mice for computers, said he made an offer to a woman sitting next to him in first class on a Delta flight.
Mr. Kirsch says he told his seatmate that the masks didn’t work, saying the woman worked for a pharmaceutical company.
The female entrepreneur claimed that the female passenger would have taken off her mask to have her meal anyway; What I did when lunch was served, Steve Kirsch points out.
The millionaire states that he started by offering $100 to the woman. Then, in the face of her refusal, he allegedly raised the offer to $100,000, but his seatmate never acquiesced to Mr. Kirsch’s request.
On Twitter, while some supported Steve Kirsch’s approach, others found his behavior somewhat questionable.
Here are some of the reactions received:
“Is it your habit to give money to a stranger so that you discover a part of her body mid-flight?”
“It’s very strange, don’t you understand? It’s all in this story: the request, the way it’s done and the idea of transmitting it all on Twitter.
“How does his mask bother you?”
“There are cheaper ways to let people know you’re an idiot.”
“All you do is admit that you were offended and a woman made a decision that she felt was best for her.”