Filtered against the kids, who don’t need to know and won’t hear it from me.
I work for a company that is family owned & run. They have always been privileged, and act as if that is the natural order of things. They place moderate value on ability, more value on loyalty, but don’t truly value much of anything. The company is in a lawsuit to try to get payment for several millions of dollars.
Today the CEO called me – from the arbitrator’s office, and on a cell phone, double idiot – and asked me to prepare to commit fraud on behalf of the company. He didn’t phrase it like that. He asked me to falsify some comuter files so that the time/date stamps, both external (file attribute stuff) and internal (line item timestamps) indicated that they were created several years ago.
I’m supposed to be loyal. Refusing would, in the eyes of this family, indicate a failure of loyalty. I’ve seen people fired for lesser failures in loyalty.
Anyone who knows me knows that fantasies fly from my mouth with utter conviction. Lies. I lie. I try not to do so in any but playful and harmless ways (like claiming to a waitress that my son just got sprung from parochial school). This wouldn’t even be my lie; it would just be facilitating someone else’s lie.
I don’t equate lawful and right. No problem there.
I don’t want to do this. I don’t seem to think that it’s right to lie, or support a lie, to get money. If I do this, my career with the company is a goldmine – for a while. The family’s memory is short, but for a while, I would be rewarded. I would be likely to get more assignments like this one, if the need arose. Repetition would solidify my standing, and I could live fat. In media-mafia terms, I would be a “made man”, having proven my loyalty by breaking the law for the company.
I’m not doing this.
I think I’ve come up with reasons why the CEO should not do it. For one, he’s not a sophisticated liar, and this will need to be a sophisticated lie. Changing all the timestamps to the same date, for instance, would be a shallow and easily uncoverable lie, and what he would likely do without guidance. I’ll try to convince him that false evidence in court is a BAD idea, but, failing that, I’ll tell him straight out that, if I’m involved, I’m a danger to the case and the company. Much better if I don’t see, if I don’t know.
I think I can do this and sound loyal. I find that I don’t much care. If I need to be fired over this, I’m good with that.
I had some bad moments, wondering just how much reward I could bargain for taking part in this. It would be considerable. Like, a new house kind of considerable, built for me by the company. I was moderately pleased to discover that I’m too expensive a whore to be bought for a house.
I’ve backed up some files, with original timestamps, where moth and corruption enter not. If I am fired, I’ll cheerfully mention their existance, and suggest that the company not mess too much with unemployment benefits or job references. Apparently, blackmail is okay, but fraud isn’t. I don’t pretend to understand that, but it’s nice to know where I stand.
…this is just so bizarre. I find that I very much resent being put in the position of having to think about these things.