My prospects for finding a summer job were dim until my friend John helped get me a job with his retail employer, Dollar General. It was my first job, and it took me some time to learn the skills. John supported me despite my numerous mistakes during the first few weeks.
Dollar General faced a continuing challenge with theft. We would stock products only to find some shelves empty the following day. Upper management was pressuring us to stop the pilfering but refused to supply resources for extra staff, surveillance cameras and the like. We tried several strategies without success, including the assignment of employees to different areas of the store during the day. Finally, one day we caught a thief in the act of leaving the store with a duffel bag full of merchandise. By this time I had been promoted to assistant manager (on John’s recommendation), and it was my job to inspect the bag. I found inside it a document, prepared by John, that detailed when certain areas of the store would be unsupervised.
Only I knew of John’s involvement. I was almost in denial, because I had known him for many years and thought I was an accurate judge of his character. Initially, I felt obligated to protect him. However, after some thought, I reported him to the store manager, who undertook the necessary course of action.
Contributed by Anonymous.
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