Conscience malfunction … Jenny Clarke at her broiler farm near Central Mangrove with her honesty box, which she says no longer works as it is supposed to. Photo: Ben Rushton
- The offender was "known" to the store.
- The offender had previously been barred from entering the store for similar shoplifting efforts.
- The offender was observed entering the store and was tracked by staff on CCTV and observed committing the offence which was also videotaped.
We have learnt over the years this unpalatable modern ''truth'' about dishonesty, now the subject of a book by best-selling US author and psychology professor Dan Ariely: everyone is capable of cheating. We all constantly seek the sweet spot where we can benefit from it without damaging our self image as reasonably honest individuals. Professor Ariely calls it ''the fudge factor''.
Dan Ariely (born April 29, 1968) is an Israeli American professor of psychology
and behavioral economics. He teaches at Duke University and is the founder
of The Center for Advanced Hindsight. “The Honest Truth about Dishonesty”
With an exhaustive series of experiments, Professor Ariely explores our amazing capacity for ''moral flexibility'' and the myriad ways we justify dishonest acts.