It Was the Right Thing to Do, But I Still Feel Bad

I have access to all the employees hours at my job. I was approached by one of the workers last Friday. He asked me what could he do to get more money out of the company. He then asked me if I could add hours to his timesheet. I told him I really like my job and don't want to lose it. Anyway, I felt really uneasy all weekend about this. So when I came in yesterday (Monday) I asked one of my co-workers what he thought I should do. He said I should do whatever I think is right. Well my boss came in and I sat down with him and told him I have had this on my mind all weekend and explained the situation. He thanked me for being honest and called the employee into his office. After the employee flat out lied and said he only wanted to see how many hours he had for last week, my boss called me into the office and told me to tell my side. So when I did, the employee didn't say a word. He was then told to leave and not come back. My boss and co-workers reassured me that it was the right thing to do. See we have had a lot of things stolen from the company the past few months, the most recent was a truck, trailer and very expensive company equipment. This employee, I felt, could not be trusted. I feel bad because he has two little girls. But people here have been telling me that I wasn't the one that got him fired. He did that to himself for being dishonest. 


brzl07 brzl07
31-35, F
3 Responses May 8, 2007

One lapse in judgment, quite possibly because he's desperate for money, and you reported it and got him fired?! Please tell me that this wasn't the man's first time asking for something dishonest. Seriously, one time he did this and you ratted him out? Did you ask him why he would ask something dishonest like that? Did you get any context about his situation? God knows what kind of suffering your harsh judgment caused his family. I hope that you are shown more mercy in your times of desperation than you showed this man and his daughters.

I agree that it was the right thing to do. You did nothing wrong. That guy got himself into his own mess.

rough, but strong. my mom was put in the same position, but the co-worker was her best friend. her friend hasn't spoken to her since. i hope faced with that i would have the courage to do the right thing.