At the risk of sounding judgmental (the greatest secular sin of our times), I'm going to share a little story.
I had made an appointment for a carpet cleaning company to send a worker out this morning to shampoo the downstairs rugs.
When the fellow arrived, I told him I would like him also to clean a stairway carpet that had accumulated a few spots.
"Okay," he said. "That will be between you and me."
(Translation: "You will pay me cash for the extra work, and I won't report it to my boss.")
"No," I said. "You have to put all your work on the bill." I find myself saying things like this a lot these days.
He didn't put up a fight. He cleaned the carpets and wrote up a receipt for everything he had done. I paid him, and he left.
I don't think this guy thought he was doing anything wrong. Effectively, he was proposing to use his employer's equipment -- and time that his employer was paying for -- to cut a side deal for himself.
He's happy to steal from the person who gave him a job. He's a thief.
Am I the only one who finds this disturbing?