I just have to get something off my chest: there is this one coworker who is a sneaky little thief. He is one of those "born again" Christians who thinks he is holier than thou. Anyway, this guy has another job on the side and he uses the company copier to make tons of copies with the company's ink, paper, etc. to make worksheets and misc. He's been caught using the postage machine to send out mail for this other job too.
When his "other job" starts up again (it's a sports related job), he is gone all the time. I basically see him as just morally wrong and the only reason it bugs me is his attitude that he's such a perfect Christian. He should realize that this is actually "stealing". I won't go to the boss and tell him, but I did tell a coworker and she said yes, it's been a problem for a long time. I don't think I would ever turn him in but he sure deserves it!
- NOT cool with it.
Oh, Lord. Don't you just love holier than thou-sers? Especially the ones with the Robin Hood complexes who think it's okay to break commandments for a "greater purpose"—say, like for sports related jobs. Alotta has crossed paths with many a proud zealot who used their religion as a "Get Out of Jail Free" card. But that's for another column.
Here's the truth: by knowing about it and not saying anything, you've become a silent accomplice. When you turn a blind eye to something that you know is wrong, you abet the behavior.
While it's not your place to decide his punishment, it is
your place to inform someone in a position to take action about it (his boss, a manager, the person in charge of supplies, etc.). But first, find a way to come up with some kind of proof. Write down the days and times you see him stealing and make a record of what was taken (even if it's time). To avoid looking like you just plain have it out for him, stick to recording the things that can be measured monetarily. Then go to someone who can do something about it.
Whenever situations like these arise, just ask yourself: WWAD (What Would Alotta Do)?