3 thoughts on “How To Justify Workplace Theft”

  1. There is, or used to be, a magazine in Québec for video store managers. I’m sure they have them where you live, though you can’t buy it off the rack.
    I saw an issue lying around when I worked the night shift as a clerk about fifteen years ago. Illuminating stuff. One article for instance gave tips on how to subtly abuse an employee whom you don’t like, but have no grounds for firing, so that he or she ends up quitting.
    And they had a piece on employee theft. Which, it turns out, is terrific for business. More than 3/4 of thefts in a store, according to this article, are done by the staff. In a video store, you might for instance snatch a magazine, used movies, chocolate bars. These are cheap items. These represent a small loss to the corporation. But, they said, you more than make up for it in productivity and stability of (starvation) wages, because no matter how they justify it, most employees feel guilty when they steal, and all of them are afraid of getting caught. Thus, they never complain, and work harder to compensate for their inner feelings.
    Employee theft as it is practiced is sanctioned by your boss. Who of course will still fire you if he catches you personally doing it. Or he’ll use one of those tricks he learned and convince you to quit by undermining whatever feelings of self-worth you still have.
    The question isn’t “to steal or not to steal.”
    The question isn’t “can I justify this or not.”
    The question is the same as always. Blue pill or red pill?

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