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Is my best friend/biggest client putting me in a dangerous financial situation?

My best friend is the largest client of my business. He would like me to purchase a car for his use through my company. Is this a terrible situation for me and how should I handle it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2010 - 40 answers

Do companies "forget" discounts on purpose?

Do phone companies, and other companies, "forget" on purpose to give you a promised discount? And is this legal? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jul 27, 2010 - 17 answers

Is it ethical to encourage someone to cheat?

Is it ethically sound to encourage a friend to cheat on her abusive partner as an excuse to leave the relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2010 - 44 answers

He accidentally fed a vegetarian meat -- now what?

If you accidentally fed a vegetarian a small amount of meat, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jul 13, 2010 - 71 answers

We Couldn't Bank On It

Our bank says it is selling our mortgage. We only have a year and a half left to pay. Is there anything we can do? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jun 26, 2010 - 34 answers

Are librarians allowed to date patrons?

Are librarians allowed to date patrons? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jun 10, 2010 - 30 answers

What would you do in this situation with ex therapist?

What would you do, if anything, in this complicated situation with ex therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics: is there an online version with the Bekker numbers? Or at least some way to match up Bekker numbers with book/chapter numbers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Do I need to disclose near-term plans?

What are the ethical implications (if any) of taking a job with no intentions of staying with the company long-term? [more inside]
posted by ista on May 15, 2010 - 21 answers

What is my wife actually responsible for in this mess?

EthicalBarteringFilter: what should my wife do after a simple but significant labor-for-labor swap took left turn after left turn and wound up getting freaky? [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Apr 23, 2010 - 28 answers

Hey, that's not what you told me last time!

(you are not my lawyer filter) My lawyer has 35+ yrs of experience in family law and is also a guardian ad litem. I am involved in a family case regarding legal custody in a state whose preference is for joint legal custody (not joint physical). He told me in the past that I had a good case for sole legal custody. Now that I am a defendant in a motion for joint legal, and the circumstances of the case have not changed, he is telling me something different, or avoiding most of my questions. How do I approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Switching Sides

Had the ad agency with whom I do freelance work won the account, I'd probably have work. But the Other Ad Agency got the account. Can I approach The Other Ad Agency to work on the account? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Buddha for Dead White Males

What are some good resources on Buddhism for someone who wants to remain attached to Western scientific rationalism? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson on Mar 10, 2010 - 35 answers

Should I Ride The Free Internet Gravy Train?

Moved into a new place. Should I accept this free Internet service while it lasts? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Feb 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Endodontist nabbed by feds

I was referred to an endodontist, and while I was filling out forms in the antechamber there this morning prior to my appointment, preparing to go in for a root canal, the office was raided by a dozen or so federal police with a search warrant. I don't plan to return. Is it incumbent upon me to reveal this information on yelp, etc?
posted by goofyfoot on Feb 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Is it ethical to copy the design of software?

Is it ethical or legal to copy the design of software, but not the code? [more inside]
posted by idb on Jan 26, 2010 - 22 answers

What referral fee is appropriate for another business

How large a referral fee is appropriate to offer another business for sending me clients? [more inside]
posted by vegsister on Jan 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Are they killing sables to make my brushes?

If the paint brush manufacturers are only taking a certain bit of hair from an animal, what happens to the rest of the animal? [more inside]
posted by blackunicorn on Jan 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Is extreme but consensual sadism immoral?

What is a good argument for the immorality of terribly sadistic but ultimately consensual sex, from a secular perspective? [more inside]
posted by limon on Jan 2, 2010 - 61 answers

Random position ethics?

Please help me remember the name (and proponents and critics) of a specific ethical principle. [more inside]
posted by Anything on Dec 27, 2009 - 5 answers

The Budget Ethical Gourmet

Help me put together a shopping list that is 1) ethical 2) healthy and 3) under $50/week. [more inside]
posted by whodatninja on Dec 23, 2009 - 31 answers

Am I planning to act unethically?

After five months of being out of work, and seven months of looking, I have recently been offered a job. Great, right? Of course it is, but it's presenting an ethical dilemma for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 - 44 answers

Ethically-sourced sapphires and fair dealings.

Are certificates of origin for sapphires a scam? Is my jeweler going to overcharge me for a sapphire, and should I get one online instead of through him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2009 - 11 answers

How contagious are plantar warts?

I've had a plantar wart on the ball of my foot for years. I have not taken steps to keep from spreading it. Is this something I should do? [more inside]
posted by serathen on Dec 4, 2009 - 26 answers

The ethics of buying stolen bikes

Help me figure out the ethics of buying stolen bikes (or other stolen things). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2009 - 58 answers

Ethics of politcal advocacy by one's doctor.

Question about the ethics of mixing physician care and politcal advocacy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2009 - 37 answers

PhD Ethics?

What are some ethics considerations around a PhD dissertation? And should I do anything about a former colleague who I think violated them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 - 17 answers

The Ethics of Horror

Where I can find resources inquiring into the ethics of horror films? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Oct 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Should I go to Burma/Myanmar?

Should I go to Burma/Myanmar? [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Oct 7, 2009 - 18 answers

A mental health/academic support quandary

I have some information which may be critical to my friend's future/safety, but I obtained it in a somewhat dubious way. I'd just like to hear your thoughts on the position I'm in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2009 - 21 answers

What are some movies with moral beauty?

What are some movies featuring moral beauty? I recently showed "Les Miserables" (the movie with Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman) to my boyfriend. I love the movie (as well as the book, of course) because it has moral beauty, and he absolutely loved that aspect, and asked me to show him any more morally beautiful movies. So what are some others? (He is also a fan of conflicting moral systems and honor - also present in "Les Miserables" of course - but that's just a bonus.)
posted by tamaraster on Sep 22, 2009 - 66 answers

Your favorite interesting, specific question in philosophy

Philosophy Filter: What are some fresh and interesting questions or topics in philosophy? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 6, 2009 - 21 answers

When is a psychologist not your psychologist?

What are the ethical limitations for a therapist who provides treatment to two members of the same family? [more inside]
posted by No1UKnow on Aug 27, 2009 - 16 answers

How to handle inquiries from MSM journalists, who seem to just suck information out and run?

For better or worse, I am regarded as somewhat of an authority in a particular field (yes I have a blog about it). For this reason, I am getting requests for information about the subject matter from mainstream media journalists and writers. This is a new situation for me and I don't know how best to handle it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2009 - 32 answers

Worth trying to change an organization from within?

An organization which I have belonged to for many years has taken a position which I find abhorrent. Should I withdraw my membership outright or, should I first try to get the organization to reconsider its position? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Aug 16, 2009 - 14 answers

Hi, welcome back! We're breaking up!

Is it better to use email to break up with a partner who is traveling, or wait until they get back in a week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2009 - 45 answers

Never a Good Time

RelationshipFilter: I finally realize that I have to break up with my boyfriend. However, the next three months are a terrible, terrible time for him, since he has 3 major exams coming up during that time period, which will have major consequences for his career. I think I can handle waiting until he is in a better position to handle to the shock, but is it the right thing to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2009 - 50 answers

Can you keep a better tv if that's what they deliver?

We just bought a television from a reputable online retailer. It was delivered today via a freight carrier, but it was the wrong one and had another customer's name on it. However, it is MUCH nicer. Ours was $1000, this is $3500. We called and now they will come back and give us our crappy one and take this beautiful one back, and now we are overcome with remorse. The kicker is the swap won't happen for a week so we need to stare at this big ass box for 7 days. Should we have just kept the nicer one? Ethical issues aside, would we have had a legal right (we are in the US) to keep it? Do we now?
posted by jules1651 on Aug 4, 2009 - 44 answers

Can I / should I accept reimbursement for a car repair I didn't do?

Is it legal to accept $500 from a car insurance company, reimbursing me for a repair I'm not going to make? If it's legal, should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2009 - 18 answers

I need an ethics book that's interesting

As a [high school] teacher, I'm being encouraged to include a little bit of ethics into my courses. Can anyone recommend a book about ethics that's not boring or difficult to understand, and can that can help me with this? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jun 24, 2009 - 18 answers

Are the ethics of eating meat fundamentally changed by the way it comes to the table?

Querying the hive mind: In your opinion, is it more ethical to eat humanely raised and killed animals? Does the way an animal is treated and killed change the ethical question of whether it's ethical to eat meat in the first place? I'm doing some research on this and wanted some opinions or relevant links that might help. Thanks in advance!
posted by Raichle on Jun 20, 2009 - 40 answers

should i take this job if i might have to change my plans?

Should I take this job if I'm not sure I will actually be able to do it? I could commit or not commit for sure in 2-3 weeks, but they are requiring a decision NOW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Should I put in time for when I check my blackberry?

Is it ethical to submit an extra 15 minutes of work per day because I got a blackberry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2009 - 45 answers

I catch a fish, I cook a fish, I eat a fish, I like it!

Trying to remember a cool site about ethical seafood and fish? [more inside]
posted by furtive on May 8, 2009 - 4 answers

More hours, less money, why not?

Is it legal and ethical for a company to require salaried employees to work "as many hours as it takes" to complete their work so that the employees are off (paid or unpaid) for one or more weeks per month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2009 - 14 answers

Restaurant ethical certification?

How can I find out what restaurants (or other stores) treat their employees well? [more inside]
posted by Lady Li on Apr 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Does a written agreement entitle me to a kill fee?

I'm trying to build the best argument for why a company that committed in writing to licensing some IP of mine but are two years tardy in furnishing a contract owes me something. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Apr 28, 2009 - 6 answers

Inhospitable Hospitals

Can anyone point me towards detailed comparisons or information about the management fees and/or costs at hospitals in other countries? [more inside]
posted by johannahdeschanel on Apr 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Can a cop retaliate to an objection to a fine he's issued by adding a more serious offence?

I was recently issued a minor traffic infringement by a Melbourne police officer. I told him that I believed the charge was unfair and that I intended to contest it in court. He told me that if I did, he'd then present me with an additional, more serious charge. Was this just bluster to dissuade me from contesting the charge, or could he in fact do that? [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Apr 16, 2009 - 12 answers


Looking for articles/writings based around the premise that ethics are an extension of a larger sense of aesthetics. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Apr 14, 2009 - 13 answers

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