Better a bad truth than a good lie
I really dislike sneaky people.
I’ve had my share of them in the past few weeks. You know the type: they do something dishonest or unethical, but then they hide it in a load of justification. Or, they blame it on other people, how they themselves are blameless but were pushed into the dishonesty. I’ve seen a lot of it — avoiding doing the right thing, promising to do the right thing and not doing it (then avoiding communicating because you don’t want to face that you’re being dishonest), out right lies…you name it, it’s out there.
But something this week took the cake. A (now) ex-employee of a friend’s company announced her decision to leave the company citing a variety of reasons. But, this employee decided in the resignation letter to use an interesting argument to justify her leaving. She essentially said that she had proved her loyalty to the company by ratting out another employee who had been stealing customers from the company to open his own business. Now, the interesting thing about this was, at the same time she ratted HIM out for his unethical behavior, she was working for him as a subcontractor. So, somehow this person should get Brownie points because she turned in an employee who was stealing from the company, but never puts two-and-two together that her conduct was even worse!
Most of the time these kinds of people just go on their merry way, oblivious to the fact that they stink when it comes to character and judgment. Most of the time we just let them get away with it. But it’s the complete disconnect that they are even doing something wrong that floors me. You wonder: are they just wired differently that they don’t understand even the basic essentials of right and wrong? Or has “right and wrong” become so relative to be virtually meaningless? “It’s ok if I don’t get caught…” or “I need the money so badly so it’s ok…” I don’t know.
These kind of sneaky people are completely spineless, if you ask me. If they had a situation or a grievance with someone or something (like a company), it takes guts to come out and be straightforward about the issues. It’s easier to hide than to grow a backbone, I guess.
I’d love to hear your stories of sneaks and cheats, and whether or not they were caught or held accountable. Please, no names, though…and if you have an ethical dilemma you’d like to pose or have others weigh in on, feel free to share. I think most of the readers who visit and participate here all have a strong sense of moral justice. Chime in and let me know that the world isn’t too far gone to be returned to a more civil and decent time.