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Blind Stealing
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Q. A store in our area is completely run by a hired assistant who habitually steals from the till. I’ve hinted to the storeowner that closer supervision would be prudent, but he has complete trust in the assistant. Do I need to pursue the matter farther? A. Let us review our general approach to informing […]
Resume Redux
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Q. Right now I can’t find an employer who needs an MBA, so for the jobs I’m seeking I’m overqualified. Can I omit my MBA from my resume? A. The short answer to your question is that your MBA is no different from any other aspect of your background you might want to hide. A […]
Finders Keepers
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Q. When do I have to return a lost object? When can I keep it for myself? A. In two places the Torah commands us to return lost objects. In the book of Exodus (23:4), we find, “If you encounter your enemy’s ox, or his donkey straying, surely return it to him.” And in Deuteronomy […]
Undercharge Undercurrent
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Q. At a recent trip to the supermarket the checker accidentally failed to me charge for some items. I want to return the money, but I’m afraid that if I bring back the receipt the boss will take unwarranted punitive action against the checker. A. Your concern is well placed. We have often cited here […]
Rebate Racket
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Q. Our store has advertised a rebate on purchases. But my boss has instructed me to inflate the usual price so that the after-rebate amount is the same as before! What should I do? A. The policy you describe is definitely unethical. When a company advertises a sale, a markdown, or a rebate, the customer […]
White Lie Redux
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Q. Sometimes I’m just too busy to talk even to an important customer. Can I avoid offending them by asking my secretary say that I’m out of the office or in a meeting? A. Truth is a supreme value in Jewish tradition, and the Talmud states that “The seal of the Holy One, blessed be […]
Blame Game
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Q. In our workplace, shifting blame is commonplace. How can I defend myself without being unfair to others? A. While to err is human, no one wants to get left holding the bag — especially if it may damage chances for a raise or a promotion. In many workplaces, the result is that much productive […]
Sweatshops
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Q. Many consumer products are made in third world countries in sweatshop conditions. Is buying these products exploiting the workers? Or perhaps it is actually helping them, because it provides them with work and gives them a chance to improve living conditions? What about the effect on local workers? A. The foreign sweatshop debate has […]
Fishy Fine Print
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Q. When a distant store had a sale on tuna, I made a special trip to stock up. But when I arrived, they showed me the fine print of the ad stating “limited quantity.” Shouldn’t this have been more prominent? A. A well-known Talmudic discussion will provide the precise answer to your question. Nowadays we […]
Leading By Example
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Q. You wrote that when we can’t realistically create solidarity with distant sweatshop workers, it may be better to concentrate on improving conditions for local workers, who are really far better off. [See: Sweatshops] Isn’t this evading our responsibility to help the impoverished? A. In a recent column, we discussed the value in Jewish tradition […]