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The Ethical Dilemma by Peter R. Garber

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A Code of Ethics

We are all presented with ethical dilemmas from time to time. A checkout clerk mistakenly hands you a twentydollar bill instead of a one-dollar bill, but you don’t realize it until you get home. Would you go back and return the money to the store? What if you knew that the store clerk earning $200 a week would have to make up the difference at the end of the day? What would you do if you were told that the clerk was a father of five and would now be fired from his job because of his carelessness?

Do ethical standards change, depending on the nuances of the situation or the degree of the “crime” or the need of the individual? And when it comes to our own behavior when faced with an ethical dilemma, are we more influenced ...

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