On the gripping hand.....
If you don't run cold running water over your food being defrosted, it's still better to change the water out every 30 minutes or so until the food is defrosted.
If you leave it out at room temp until it's completely defrosted, which will take hours, you run the risk of bacterial growth.
I defrost 5 lbs of leg-and-thigh quarters on a regular basis for cooking at home. If I just leave the chicken in cold tap water, and don't change it out, it takes hours to defrost. If I change the water out every 20 - 30 minutes, that 5 lbs of chicken will be defrosted in about an hour to hour-and-a-half.
I'm not saying either way is right or wrong, but please take this bit of practical experience from someone that's been there, done that, in both commercial and home settings.
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