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?
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.