What to do when someone wants you to do something you think is slightly unethical?
April 11, 2007 7:16 AM Subscribe
How do you handle situations when friends or family ask you to do something that you do not think is quite ethical, and yet it really isn't that big a deal?
posted by tr45vbyt to human relations (53 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Occasionally I encounter situations where a friend or family member is asking me to do something that I don't think is quite ethical. These are not huge things - just small things. For instance, I just had a relative, who I like tremendously and does so much for me, ask me to bid up one of their ebay auctions. This relative is a great person (I'm not interested in someone trying to convince me otherwise). I'm really not comfortable doing this. In fact if it wouldn't offend them I'd prefer to just give them any money to cover what additional amount they would make by having me bid on the item.
I usually just try to ignore things like this but sometimes must respond. I'm really not interested in preaching or converting the people in these situations to my viewpoint. Like I indicated above, in the situations I'm referring to, these are small things that I'd just prefer not to do but I don't think makes them a terrible person for doing.
My question is what is a good way to handle such a situation without offending? Do you feel it's best to just go ahead and do what they ask?