Ethical Dilemnas

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I have experienced many ethical dilemmas but the most memorable occurred while I was at work during one of my previous jobs. I was operating a carnival game where the objective of the game was to knock off three blocks from a square table with a bean bag. If you succeeded in doing so then you would win a big teddy bear. There was one customer trying to win the gigantic teddy bear for his daughter. Everyone could see that the little girl really wanted the prize and you could also see how hard the father was trying to be a hero. After spending nearly one hundred dollars the father still couldn’t win the prize. His daughter was nearly in tears. I was debating whether I should violate the rules and just give him the prize or make the next game he plays easier intentionally so he could win. Other coworkers of mine had previously done the same thing and so have my managers. Sometimes keeping the customers happy is more important to give your business a better reputation. If I was in the father’s situation I would do anything to win that prize for my daughter. There are many possible consequences that result from my actions. I could have been fired from my job for giving away the prize for free even though other workers have done the same thing too. I knew the stuffed bear was worth around thirty dollars so I made sure that the father spent more than that before I gave him the bear to give to his daughter. The business is still making a profit while keeping the customers happy. The downside to this is that the business I worked for is losing money that it could have obtained from the father playing more to win the prize. In return it is receiving a good reputation from their customers. Many prizes are given away for free to keep customers happy. You could say it’s a gray area.
If I were to follow Kant’s categorical imperative I would have followed the rules of that…...

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