If where you work you saw a colleague stealing would you tell or not?

@kbkbooks (7028)
Canada
December 23, 2006 5:37pm CST
Would you tell your boss? Would you try to talk to the person who you catch stealing? You could be risking your job either way, whether you tell or not. Personally, I would tell, without talking to the person, and hope the boss does not mention my name. I would hope the boss could verify it some way before firing the person but would fire them if it was confirmed.
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@smitty81 (34)
• Australia
24 Dec 06
I have actually been in this situation. One of the people I was working with on a building site, stole materials. I thought it was wrong, so I confidentially told the boss and the person got fired. Noone knows what I did, but I couldn't have lived with myself knowing that I had allowed theft to happen. Doesn't that make you an accessory or something?
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
9 Nov 07
Yes, if you see stealing and don't tell, I would say that makes you an accessory. I think you did the right thing.
@glassy1 (63)
9 Nov 07
100%
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
9 Nov 07
Thanks, I think those who have responded agree with you for the most part. For myself, it wouldn't even be a question.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
24 Dec 06
Your boss or manager, as a professional, should not reveal your name to your stealing coworker. Yes, i would tell my boss about it, because what that person is doing is wrong, and could end up falling onto others who are innocent, including myself.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
9 Nov 07
I agree the boss acting with professional integrity would not tell and action would be taken without your report being revealed.
• United States
24 Dec 06
I have told in the past. Sometimes I would warn the person about how wrong it was. Both have resulted in no action. In fact, I think that I have been retaliated against because of it.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
9 Nov 07
When a theft is reported to the boss and the boss does nothing, allowing retaliation, that is so wrong. I'm sorry this happened to you.