Ethics ADJ 235
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You are a manager of a retail store.You are given permission by the owner of the
store to hire a fellow classmate to help out. One day you see the classmate take
some clothing from the store.When confronted by you, the peer laughs it off and
says the owner is insured, no one is hurt, and it was under $100. “Besides,” says
your acquaintance,“friends stick together, right?”What would you do?
Which is more important to you? Sticking with a friend who's a crook? Or living up to your and your employer's morals and ethics?
We'll be glad to comment on YOUR answer.
Respond to Situation 3 on pp. 24-25 in the text. Is the mother legally culpable but morally blameless, legally culpable and morally culpable or something else? Explain your answer.
Of course, the most important factor is that stealing is illegal.
As a manager you are charged with maintaining the business you are in. Your friend has breached the terms of his employment and you have a duty to report him to the appropriate authority or to demand he return or pay for the merchandise. This would be followed by his firing or resignation dependant on the route your friend decides to take. Your contract is with your employer not your friend and as such should be honored.