A father is explaining ethics to his son, who is about to go into business. "Suppose a woman comes in and orders a hundred dollars worth of material. You wrap it up, and you give it to her. She pays you with a $100 bill. But as she goes out the door you realize she’s given you two $100 bills. Now, here’s where the ethics come in: should you or should you not tell your partner?"When I read this I immediately started laughing. Now, it's by no means the funniest joke I've ever heard or even the funniest one on that webpage, but it is funny. So I emailed it to a couple people and told it to a coworker. None of the three people laughed. Instead, they each tried to analyze the situation and evaluate the ethical parameters involved so as to arrive at the proper answer. To my mind, this says two things. One, these people are not funny. But more importantly, they are not ethical. You see, the whole basis for the joke is that the OBVIOUS ethical thing to do is to give the woman her money back. It's funny because that's not even given as an option--it is assumed that the son is going to keep the money--a very unethical thing--and the only matter up for debate is whether to share this ill-gotten gain with his partner.
Anyway, I'd be interested in any of your comments. Am I the only one who thinks this is a funny joke?