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 Last fall, Mr. Laborman launched IDUMP4U.com, an e-business through which strangers pay him $10 to break up with their significant others by phone. He posts some of the heart-wrenching, sleazy and just-plain-uncomfortable recordings of the calls on his YouTube channel. More So the gist here is that you pay this guy$10.00 and he phones up your significant other and tells them that you're no longer a couple. And he records the conversations and posts them on YouTube.

Is this an escape hatch for gutless wonders who don't want to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions? I know several people (sorry, mostly guys) who will simply walk away from relationships, not return phone calls, not return e-mails, not respond to any sort of attempts at communication by someone they've been seeing because they "don't want to hurt the person in question". They think that it's better if the person "would just take a hint" that it would be better for both of them. And it's not. The only person it's better for is the person who doesn't have to witness how they've hurt another person by dumping them, and they don't have to deal with the fall-out such as witnessing tears. The dumper gets to walk away without having to deal with someone else's feelings, and the dumpee wanders around trying to figure out what on earth happened.

Maybe something like this, then, is preferable for people like that. At least the dumpee gets the straight goods. "Look, he's not your boyfriend any more. He's been seeing someone else." It's out there, on the table, or in this case, on YouTube.

Listening to some of the conversations is heart-wrenching. I only managed to sit through one. I don't want to witness that.

Anyhow, good thing? Bad thing? Abdication of personal responsibility? Further depersonalisation of society? An effective way to help everyone make a clean break as quickly and painlessly as possible? Or some other option?