March 25, 2001    





You are offered $10,000 to hire the boss' nephew (who is incompetent), and threatened with a demotion if you don't. What do you do?

Take your $10,000; you don't need to bribe me. When it's my company, I'll make the decisions. When it's your company, you make the decisions.

Eric, 18
Beverly Hills

I would hire him. Hey, even if he is imcompetent, maybe he can learn. I wouldn't pass up that much money. It's not like it's illegal or anything.

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario  CANADA

You take the money and squel to the equal employment opportunity people that nepotism is being practiced.

Mick, 30
, IL   USA

Who is doing the offering? I would refuse the money and ask to have the "Request to Hire" in writing.

Jill, 60

Hire him!

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

Quit! I do contract rather than permanent programming just to avoid such political problems.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

I offer the boss one chance to up the ante to double that amount or I will expose him to everyone in the firm, as well as the labor board. Then I take the money, hire the wretched underling and walk out on the job. How's that for dedication?

Fisch, 45
, CT    USA

Always take the money. After all it is not your company and when push comes to you know you are not the one paying the bills. I would however express my views to My Boss and try to make some kind of deal.

Paul, 30
, MA   USA

Hire the boss' nephew and train him so he isn't incompetent any more.

Laura, 36
, MA    USA

Hire the boss' nephew of course

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

That's a hard one. I'm a bit shallow and a bit of a wimp, so I'd probably end up hiring him.

Shanna, 15
Cardiff   ENGLAND

i probably would hire him, try to train him, and if that failed and I couldn't fire him, I'd quit. . .I think i don't ever want to be so attached to a job or a company that I feel trapped like the question seems to imply. . .I think I want to have my own business, or, more likely, be my own

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles

hire him.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario   CANADA

HA! I don't have the power to hire people and I couldn't very well be demoted from an entry-level job. But let's see here. Why can't the boss hire his own nephew? And if he made me compromise myself with threats, wouldn't that be sort of illegal or against some rule so that it could be reported?

Karen, 21

Hire him. I don't feel it's morally wrong or compromising b/c 99% of the people in my workplace are incompetent anyway.

Angela, 16
, SC    USA

Get the money up front, hire the idiot and leave.

Alias Irrelevante

Hire the nephew. Decline the money. Write a formal note of disapproval for my personnel file. Find a new job.

Felicia, 35

If it meant my job was on the line, of course I would. I would just make sure that the jobs that the nephew did, did not effect anyone else's position or the company in any way, even if he was just a file clerk.  No offense to the file clerks of the world.

Stephanie, 25

It would depend on how much I needed the money...

Kevin M.

Like I would have a job where I'd be in charge of hiring.

Katie2, 18
, MI   USA

Hire the little bastard. I don't care if the company suffers. And I could use 10,000 bucks.

A-Dog, 18

no way. have you ever seen "the green mile?"

Jenn, 18
, MI    USA

This question has come at a good time. Today I was informed that my hours will be getting cut back at my job because the boss's daughter wants more hours and of course she got them. Meanwhile, I have rent, car insurance and other bills to pay. If I was put in charge of a situation where a boss's relative was in a position of receiving a job he/she was incompetent at I would say keep the money and give my 2 weeks notice.

Jennifer, 19

I would take the demotion. It's not worth having a guilty concious knowing that you can be bought. While being demoted, I would definately look for another job---that of course has morals.

Anjel, 19

Quit. the boss clearly does not have the best interests of the company at heart, and why work for someone like that.

Talia, 23
, CT   USA

I would hire him. That's what the boss wants and eventually he'd probably fire him anyway.

Cathy, 26
, ND   USA

Hire him to an immobile position or start looking for a job and stall the boss :)

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

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