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lcowan6 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted March 20, 2013 at 12:27 PM via web

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You work in an agency where employees transport clients in their cars ( children, adult etc). One of your co-workers who is also your best friend outside of work (go to the mall, talk on the phone, go out to parties together) comes to work with alcohol on his/her breath. You then notice that your friend is trying his or her best to function, but you notice him/her is stumbling a little.

What do you think you might do in this situation?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM (Answer #1)

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The first thing I would realize in this situation is that there is no way that I can let my friend stay at work.  This is partly ethical as I would not want my friend to end up hurting our clients or other people by getting in a wreck while driving drunk.  It is also partly about friendship.  I am not doing my friend any favors if I let them drive drunk.  My friend might get hurt while doing this.  He might get arrested.  Therefore, I can’t let him stay at work.

That’s the easy part.   Now how do I get him home without him getting fired?  I’ll try not to directly lie about it.  First, I try to get my friend to do something to cover the smell of alcohol.  Then I go ask my boss if I can take my friend home as he appears to be unwell.  As long as I say “appears to be” or “looks like” I’m not technically lying.  If that works, I later confront my friend and tell him that he really needs to get help if he can keep himself from coming to work drunk. 

It’s not a perfect solution, but I can’t let people get hurt and I don’t want to be the one who helps my friend get fired.

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