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I'm informed that this challenge was created by Callancool who says: ‘’As a Christian this should be easy. The principle is to keep it biblical, and 'Do unto others as you'd have them do to you'. Here are 10 of my own dilemmas. Have fun, and tell me when you've completed it.’’
Hmm... we'll see now won't we?
DILEMMA 1). You're working as the main receptionist for a large factory. The boss has been looking for a bookkeeper for a month with no replies until last week when your brother lost his job as the firm he was with ceased trading, and his interview is this afternoon. Your boss is desperate, and you've put in a good word, even though your brother only has a years experience. The job seems his for the taking, until that morning someone hand delivers an application form. A quick glance reveals that this person is far better qualified and would be a real asset in any company. Do you give your boss the application form?
RESPONSE Excuse my ignorance but how qualified do you have to be to become a bookkeeper? What was my brother working as before? and which brother are we talking about here? - I happen to have three and only like two of them, so there's lots to be considered... Surely if interviews were being held on the same day as the application was handed in then the due date would have expired so tough luck I guess - unless my boss thought my brother was no good then I'd give him the form afterwards. Oh, and if the person delivering the form personally was a gorgeous 6ft , single male then my brother would be out of luck. Thems the breaks..
DILEMMA 2). Your friend tells you he thinks his wife's having an affair, but has no proof.. You think it's ludicrous as she loves him very much. You have a great deal of respect for them both. Then you see him with another woman, looking more than pally. You wonder if he's doing it just because he thinks his wife is cheating. Do you tell his wife, or do you tell him to stop being a fool as his wife loves him?
RESPONSE I tell him to stop being such a dickhead and fooling around just to be spiteful. I could always offer to spy on his wife - or even better, seeing as I am a female, I could become friendly with her so she would confess all if she was cheating - interrogation techniques are highly under-rated these days. But then that would cause the problem of maybe liking her more than him and he would be the one cheating... Ah - it could all get a bit complicated couldn't it? I'd probably just tell him to get over it and go home to her (and give his new bit of fluff a few choice words in the toilets to scare her off). Job done.
DILEMMA 3). You’re baby-sitting your nieces when one of them (who has hyperactive disorder and wrecks things often )picks up your sisters-in-law's expensive crystal vase (£200) and drops it. Luckily, you catch it, but in putting it back, the child tugs angrily at your shirt and you drop it on the mantelpiece, putting a big crack in it. Your sister-in-law never liked you and will be furious. Do you blame the child or take responsibility yourself?
RESPONSE If her child is so destructive then she shouldn't be so surprised should she? If my child had a habit of wrecking things I wouldn't be so irresponsible as to leave expensive vases/ornaments, etc lying round just asking to get broken. I'd hand it back to the child to play with and thn teach it how to clean up its breakages safely.
DILEMMA 4). Your friends mislaid his digital camera and he needs it for a family wedding. That afternoon you see his teenage son leaving your local 'Cash Creators' store and counting a wad of notes. Curiously, you look to see if there is the same model on sale, and there isn't. You know the store won't put cameras out without checking them through first and if one had been there it would have been sold earlier and not by your mates lad, so you return to the store the next day, and lo and behold, the identical model is in the display cabinet. You try and ask the store who sold it, but they refuse to give out information. As you've no way of knowing if it's your friend’s camera or not, what do you do? Tell him, or collar the son?
RESPONSE Now - I could bribe the son for his wad of cash. But seeing as he'd probably have spent most of it on cider and alcopops for him and his mates already then I'd be forced to continue to bribe him until I had enough to buy the camera back and position it so that my mate thought he just mislaid it plus make a nice little profit myself. That'll teach the little sod.
DILEMMA 5). Browsing on the Internet with your younger brother to find him a girlfriend, you stumble across your best friend’s photo and profile on a singles site. You know he's married with two kids (and has a missing digital camera). What do you do?
RESPONSE Should I ever find myself in this hypothetical situation I would slap him. Why is my borther looking at men's profiles - I thought he wanted a girlfriend? Hang on, this isn't the friend who thinks his wife is cheating is it? I thought I'd sorted that one out (and his wife really is quite sweet) - I'd probably set up a fake account of my own and go about winding the bastard up. He deserves it - and besides I could teach him a lesson or two.
DILEMMA 6). Before you can talk to him, you are asked on the 'Terry Singer' TV show by your friend as his wife wants him to take a lie detector test as she thinks he's been cheating on her with a woman he met through the Internet. He wants you to tell the world and his wife (double pun there as 'The world and his wife' will watch) he is innocent. You don't know whether or not your friend did meet someone off the net, but you saw his online profile. His wife accuses you of going on the show to cover up for him and demands you take a test as well. Do you go on and lie, go on and tell the truth, or do you refuse and tell his wife?
RESPONSE Ah, but I do know the truth though don't I? It was me - I am the 'other woman' aren't I? and when we finally met up after weeks of taunting and flirting I poked him in the eye with a sharp stick and he promised that he'd finally got the message and would start being faithful. I'd make his wife take a test to check her credibility in the cheating stakes and threaten to shop him in on a future follow up show if he didn't sort his act out.
DILEMMA 7). Your friend has a stack of old Northern soul records, all in virtually mint condition and gives them to you. The next day, browsing a soul web site, you see a message on one of the forums offering £500 if anyone has a copy of one of the records (which you hate) for sale. You e-mail the person who is very interested, and confirm with him that it's a genuine copy not a bootleg. Do you sell the record? And do you tell your friend?
RESPONSE Northern Soul - what's that? Methinks I am too young for such a dilemma! Surely if said mate had given them to me when he/she knows I have no use for them, then they expect me to sell them or give then to charity or something? What is this? Is my house just a dumping ground for other peoples storage needs or what? £500 is £500. Yes please.
DILEMMA 8). After a drunken night with the lads, one of the gang offers to give you £100 to drive his car 200 miles away so he can claim on the insurance. You are skint. Do you accept?
RESPONSE No, that would just be stupid - I' d dare someone else to do it for £50 and pocket half. Besides, it would take an idiot to drive when drunk and thats really not my style. Oh, and I'm sure if his car was stolen then he'd get more than £100 - stingy git! I might help myself to a trip in his new motor though...
DILEMMA 9). You win tickets for an all expenses paid Cliff Richard concert (and a chance to meet him) in a raffle. You wanted the 7 Megapixel Sony digicam but got those instead and you can't stand Cliff (me I think he's fab and has great Christian Values - and he's fab in concert - not sure if he was miming or not though), and you offer them as a gift to your friend as soon as they arrive, as his wife's a massive Cliff fan who's never been to see him, and they'd make a lovely reconciliation present for his Internet stunt. Then your older brother's mother in law (just as big a Cliff fan) offers you £200 for the tickets. You're desperately skint, but you've already promised your mate, so what do you do?
RESPONSE I could always put them on ebay and the two of them could bid it out between them - I wouldn't wish a Cliff concert on anyone though personally, so if the cheating friend had't changed his ways then I'd definately make his wife drag him along - suffer! I don't really care who has the tickets as long as I don't have to go! (Perish the thought)
DILEMMA 10). You're not speaking to your brother anymore as you refused to sell the Cliff tickets to his mother in law. Every time you try to speak to him, his wife puts the phone down. He was supposed to be giving you his spare telly as your old set broke down the other week, and you can't afford a new one. What do you do?
RESPONSE Like he's the only person I know with a TV - yeah right. I'd spend lots of time round mates houses having catch up's and bitching sessions (probably about my brother) whilst keeping up with the likes of the Soaps. Easy. Oh - or I could re-decorate my house - or even offer to help my mates do their for a bit of cash whilst I watch their tv's - then I could afford to buy my own. Hah!
DILEMMA 11). You're driving a car after having drunk 7 pints when you get stopped. You take a breath test and amazingly pass it. Do you confess? (Amazingly this happened to a friend of mine. I'll let you guess what he did).
RESPONSE. Firstly, I think you'd have to be a total twat (excuse my language) to EVER do something like this and I would NEVER do this myself. I will however play along for the sake of not being miserly and spoiling the challenge and no - I wouldn't confess. I'm not a soppy or pathetic drunk so I wouldn't feel the compulsion to admit all. In fact I'd probably go back down the pub to celebrate. So there.
DILEMMA 12). You are starving and fancy some chocolate. You have bought some in as a valentines/birthday prezzie for your beloved tomorrow, but you really need a chocolate fix right now. But you don't get paid till the end of the week and you can't wait that long. As they're not in a tray but loose in a box do you just take one or two out and carefully seal the box? Or do you eat the lot?
RESPONSE. I'd open them and eat half - then I'd probe my boyfriend, asking him how much he loved me and would he share half his pressie with me? The answer would of course be Yes - so I'd give him the box and tell him I took my half in advance. He knows what I'm like and this may well have happened to me at some point (or may do in the future now you've given me the idea!)
DILEMMA 13). You know your best friends cheating on their partner, who has their suspicions. Your friend doesn't know you know. Your friends lover wants them to leave their 100% faithful partner who you know will be gutted if they leave, and you think your mate if confronted by his partner would decide to stay, but you're not sure if he still has feelings for his partner.
RESPONSE. More cheating? I thought these questions were going to be all moral and christian? There's too many affairs in this challenge for that! Right, well - if my mate was determined not to be faithful and would rather go off with a (no doubt) younger model then who am I to stop them? There's obviously a problem in their marriage if he cheats all the time and why would she want to be married to him if he can't keep his dick in his pants? I'd suggest that they sit down and talk it out and decide whats best for them. Its not up to anyone else really is it?
DILEMMA 14). Your teenager has brought home an album of music full of swear words and sexual innuendo's, whilst the artist dresses in a way you object to, goes around swearing at everyone and openly admits to and glorifies the use of cannabis and other much harder illegal substances. and you don't want your child copying their mates by dressing and acting that way. You don't want them listening to it, but every other kid is. You know your child will say you're being over the top and should lighten up. Do you ban him from listening to it?
RESPONSE. Is there really any point? I know that if I ever did that then they'd just listen to it through earphones and if I confiscated it then they'd borrow a mates copy - I can't control what they listen to when they're not at home either can I? I would however have to try and be parentlike and responsible at some stage and sit them down and have the talk about how all this stuff isn't big or clever and how it's wrong/bad/harmful, etc and how it takes a bigger person to lead rather than follow - oh and let them know how disappointed I'd be in them if they let me down - thats worse than being angry isn't it? What a great parent I'll make one day!
Thanks for this challenge - and whilst I love moral dilemma challenges (I even devised one of my own) I do feel that we've come full circle with them for the moment at least. I do like a good mind stimulant though and they can provide that.