Every day I encounter people, at my workplace, at my church, with friends going out to dinner, et cetera, who are doing something I find questionable, to say the least. For some reason, otherwise ordinarily honest people who you could trust if you left a stack of twenty dollar bills out on your table do not consider that taking money or goods from a corporation is stealing at all. This has been driving me crazy for the last several years as I see more and more people doing it.
Thou Shalt Not Steal
I go to what I would consider a “strict” church, and my preacher never preaches on matters such as these. All he seems to talk about is how if you drink or cuss you are going to hell. Well, shouldn’t we start with the Ten Commandments and then work our way down from there, namely “Thou shalt not steal”? Okay, I’m not a big fan of drinking or cussing, I have to admit. But why are those the number one priority?
Lying On Hours Worked
I know people who lie on the amount of hours they work every week just to get some overtime. They need some extra money, so they falsify their hours in order to get those extra dollars on their paycheck. How is that not stealing? I think that is stealing from every other employee in the company through lost raises, lost profits, bonuses, et cetera. Oh yeah, they will justify it by things such as “I am underpaid.” My response is, you agreed to work for the dollar amount you are working for when you took the job, and by staying at the company you are agreeing to work for the amount you are being paid.
The story in the Bible that tells where people were complaining about people coming to the job site late and being paid the same amount as the ones who worked all day comes to mind. If you are underpaid, you have two options in my opinion– ask for a raise or quit. Stop stealing and lying to pad your pocketbook!
Stealing Supplies From the Company
Others I know steal things as ridiculous as coffee, toilet paper, and paper towels from the company. I am being serious! I’ve caught someone walking out the door with these items and was so surprised I didn’t know what to say. They simply said, “I ran out at home.” Another justification is typically, “Well, the CEO makes so many millions of dollars per year he can’t even pay me X thousand a year.”
Workers Take Pay Cuts To Pay For Theft Loss
I have news for you on this front. The CEO is going to make millions regardless of how much you steal. His salary is built in; it’s guaranteed. It is the ordinary workers, the ones working right beside you doing the same job as you, who won’t get a raise or will have to take a pay cut when the company loses money.
I have another friend who justifies bringing stuff home from work saying he’s “borrowing it”. Somehow, in his mind, if he says he is just borrowing it and someday may return it, it is just fine. I can tell you, he has no intentions of returning any of it.
A Good Days Work
What about those who don’t put in a good days work for the pay they are given? I try my best to work hard and give my company a good day’s work for my wages. Keeping a good attitude is difficult sometimes when I think about all the times the corporation has done me wrong. You know what I mean with increased healthcare premiums, taking vacation time, not paying what I felt were legitimate expenses, and the list is endless. Still, all of this does not justify stealing.
Secondly, there is insurance fraud. How is it that people will do damage to their roofs and file an insurance claim and not have any guilty conscience whatsoever? That means doing deliberate damage to your roof and claiming that a storm did it.
Oh, I know, you pay into insurance every month and that is what it is for. Well, I disagree. Insurance is for a true disaster and not some made up entitlement because you paid into it. That is why insurance rates are so high. You are stealing from every other customer who has insurance from that same company, in the form of increased rates when you make these fraudulent claims.
Car Indebtedness Above Worth
Another common theme I hear is having a car that someone owes more than it is worth. In this instance, they may choose to have someone steal it, or they may even dispose of it in the bottom of the river themselves. Making a bad decision and either choosing a car that depreciates too much or not putting a big enough down payment so the payments are affordable and you can pay them down in a reasonable time frame is not a problem of the bank or insurance company. It is a poor decision on your part and one you need to accept responsibility for. I am 44-years old and just bought my first new vehicle. I have always bought used to keep from the very scenario mentioned above, mainly owing more on a vehicle than it is worth. For my most recent purchase, I insisted we put $20,000 down to do two things– start with equity in the vehicle and keep the payments affordable.
Thirdly, and probably the most controversial of all, let’s take a look at taxes. Now I agree that the government is very corrupt and uses tax money to fund some of the most hideous things imaginable, including everything from abortions to running drugs, and too many to mention actually. Didn’t Jesus say, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s.” That really makes me cringe to think about.
Pay What Is Due, the Least Amount Possible
Now does that mean we have to volunteer more than is due? No, I don’t think so. I think you should take advantage of every possible deduction and loophole available to pay the least amount possible to this corrupt government, just as the elites and congress people do. Getting creative and finding ways to pay the least amount possible, I think that is only the smart and right thing to do.
As much as I hate to admit it, our taxes do help a lot of people in need. There are widows and people who are truly down on their luck, and I try to look at the positive and think this is what “my” tax money went towards and not the corruption.
Deliberately Lying and Hiding Money Is Wrong
I think that deliberately lying and hiding money to keep from paying taxes is also not the right thing to do. Have you ever been to a third-world country? The poverty is so rampant, so widespread. We are blessed in this nation and should share with those less fortunate that also reside in this nation.
Also, what about those who complain excessively expecting to get something for free. I know someone who complains about every job they hire out. Sometimes they get a discount, sometimes a free hotel room, and sometimes a free dinner. They are always getting something discounted or free. Sometimes it is a legitimate complaint, but most of the time it’s just their unreasonable expectations.
Now they may think they are getting something for free or that the corporation is going to “eat” this loss. Well, I beg to differ. The company will simply add it onto the next person’s bill. Okay, it’s not directly billed to the next person but indirectly by raising prices on everyone else. Folks, nothing is free in this life, and someone is paying whether we like it or not.
Related To Prepping One’s Heart
I know this article has nothing to do with prepping, in the ordinary sense. It has more to do with prepping of one’s heart. It’s about being able to say, “I was honest in my dealings with people as well as the corporation.”
Corporations Are People And An Entity
Over the past few years, it has become so apparent to me that people don’t consider corporations as people or an entity at all. Therefore, they feel it is of no consequence to lie, cheat, and steal from them. I see it a different way.
Stealing From the Corp. Is Stealing From and Cheating Yourself
Not only are you cheating, lying, and stealing from all those other employees of that same corporation, you are doing the same to yourself. You work for that company, right? Maybe you haven’t got a raise in the last several years. But consider the possibility if every employee didn’t steal and didn’t cheat on their hours and if everyone did their best to put in a good eight hours of work that they were being paid for. In this situation, would you have gotten better raises over the years? Would you have gotten bonuses that more than make up for the $22.49 you took in office supplies? I suspect you would.
Something To Think About
This is just to give all the readers something to think about that I have never heard discussed, though I listen to many hours of talk radio as well as go to church every Sunday. Even though a corporation isn’t an actual person, it is made up of many people, and you are a part of the corporation in which you work.
Being honest and honorable is something that you need to take into consideration in your prepping. Thanks for reading.
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