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I thought this article was great especially when taking into consideration the type of business we are all in. 


An employer questioning an employee

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AT 18 years of age, Manfred was an office trainee.* The company he worked for arranged for him and several other trainees to attend a vocational college two days each week. One day the class was dismissed earlier than scheduled. According to company rules, the trainees were to go back to work for the rest of the day. Instead, they all went off to have a good time, except Manfred, who returned to the workplace. By coincidence, the company executive in charge of the trainees came by. When he saw Manfred, he asked: "Why are you not in class today? And where are the other trainees?" How should Manfred respond?

Manfred's predicament is typical. Should he tell the truth, or should he cover up for his classmates? To give a truthful answer would mean trouble for the others and make him unpopular. Is it all right to tell a lie under those circumstances? What would you have done? We will return to Manfred later, but let us first consider what is involved when we are called upon to decide whether to speak the truth or not.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsJoe Gonzalez • March 20 2008 10:23PM


My answer would be for the Manfred to ask the Executive to ask the others personally.  You are only held accountable for yourself.  The article is excellent.  Thanks for sharing.  The truth will make us free.
Posted by Sonya Rosser (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers) almost 12 years ago
I would say that class was let out early and I came back to work.  It is not his responsibility to cover for someone else who is breaking the rules.
Posted by Karen Rice, Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales (Davis R. Chant, REALTORS) almost 12 years ago