Moral dilemma

Christiane's Childhood

I remember having an argument with a friend and his dad, an LAPD officer. The dad put us two teens into a scenario that he’s seen often — you’re a cop and you’ve just busted a local drug lord. There’s cash everywhere in one of the rooms and you’re alone. It hasn’t been counted and “no one” would know that you took some of it. Would you take any of the money?

The answer I gave as a teen is still the answer I would give today. I wouldn’t take a dollar of it. I couldn’t because my conscience would eat at me if I did. I’d rather be honest than look over my shoulder the rest of my life for a little money.

My friend didn’t believe me. My friend chose to take the money and his dad, the cop, was not surprised. He was disappointed, but not surprised.

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