Would You Blow the Whistle?

QuizEver wonder if you might have what it takes to be a whistleblower? Answer these ten questions and find out.

1) Which of the following character traits do you believe is most important:

2) Do you believe breaking the law can ever be justified?

3) Would your risk losing your job to report your company stealing money from the government?

4) Would your risk losing your job to report your company stealing money from consumers?

5) Would your risk losing your job to report your company endangering public health or safety?

6) Would your answers to questions 3, 4 or 5 depend on the possibility of receiving a financial reward for reporting the wrongdoing?

7) Do you think financial crimes are less serious than crimes of physical harm?

8) Would you be willing to report on a friend or relative for committing a financial crime?

9) Do you have a favorable view of Edward Snowden?

10) Do you agree that whistleblowers sometimes serve the public good but other times serve merely as snitches or tattletales?

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21 Responses to “Would You Blow the Whistle?

  1. # 1 The answer is; Most of the time always be honest. But to who? Who’s asking the question? If I knew a govt. secret and a foreign agency asked me about it, how could I be honest in my answer to them giving away a national security secret? I don’t have enough information on Snowden to honestly answer that question.

  2. I have to do what is right. I’m confused about Edward Snowden. The more information that comes out the worse he looks, I guess.

  3. Sometimes it is ok to break a law though. Some nursing practices are impossible to do legally. Example – passing meds within a 2 hour time frame. This is a rule not always broken, but happens a lot..

  4. At risk of borrowing from an “old saying,” I do believe honesty is the best policy. I believe that there is a purpose behind confidentiality and that not everything should be public knowledge, and that there are innumerable details that should be kept behind closed doors. In my personal opinion the defining factor in how or when information should be shared comes down to a simple equation: is it in the general public’s best interest? This is, of course, not a clearly defined line but it also isn’t as broad as we’ve been lead to believe in a number of circumstances. Particularly when it comes to the sharing of information from our (and other) Government; their view of what is “best interest” is often much muddier than that of the general taxpayer.

  5. If it comes to my patients safety and well being then I would do a lot to make sure that they have the correct treatment. I might consider it if it is in my patients best interest.

  6. Probably true. I am very much an advocate for honesty and also for my patients. If it comes to one of my patients care being compromised then I would consider it at times. Some things are more important than others.

  7. I think sometimes financial crimes are worst than Physical Harm. I am 67 years old and is a victim of a financial crime so I know that it is devastating. I owe 28, 000 to IRS because the mortgage holder on my house provided me with fake 1098s and a scammer to file my taxes by the time I found out I cannot find the forms, I have several receipts proving that I paid but the IRS want even consider it. They told me to file a suit in the United States Court of Federal Appeals and I am unable to hire a Lawyer.

  8. 2) Breaking the law, in my view, can be justified if it is intended to expose a larger and more harmful crime, which would result in larger overall recovery than not breaking the law. I don’t have an example of when that would happen, and have never broken the law, according to my knowledge.
    9) I would answer ‘Yes’ but recent personal and general investigations have made it empirically clear that Julian Assange is not the hero and purveyor of truth he contends to be. He’s a Russian puppet. In such context, the uncertainty surrounding ‘truth’ and the recent exposure of WikiLeaks as no more but a Russian hack, paired with Snowden’s asylum, does not allow me to answer that question with a Yes or No.

  9. I am not surprised about this. I imagine I am definitely a whistleblower, I always try to do the right thing, even when it is not always easy.

  10. In certain situations I would bowl the whistle. I would have to be 100% sure I understood the situation and make sure it was the best decision. If it would harm anybody and be in the best interest of person or people involved. Honestly I haven’t thankfully been in one of these situations so I am not sure how I would actually react but this information has given me enough knowledge to hopefully help me make a decision.

  11. I don’t like that I would likely blow the whistle, because I do not want to be a “goody goody”. However, if presented with a situation, I would absolutely look at all the pieces and formulate a plan to make the best decision on how to handle the situation. Sometimes we as humans are called to think outside the box and as another said it’s not always black and white. Although, we do have to be wise in our decisions as humans remembering to be fair and hopefully graceful, hoping things will work out for all involved. My ivory tower, still believing there can be good in the world.

  12. I know myself well enough to know that I don’t think I could whistleblow–unless it was something extremely serious. I always liked to think that I am a strong person, but as I age, I don’t think I really am that strong. In my facility, I do not see wrongdoing (or if there is, it is so minor and insignificant), in fact, I cannot think of any one instance where I was concerned about any wrongdoing. I really did not like this survey as it was way to black and white—whistleblowing is gray. I wish there would have been a range for answers. The either yes or no answers are to blunt and make it look like the respondent is either a “chicken” or a really honorable person.

  13. Some of the questions I don’t understand well sorry I am against crime steal and fraud and any wrong doing against gov or harm anybody

  14. Luckily I have not been put in a situation as of yet that I would need to be a whistleblower and I honestly hope I never am! However, I would like to think that I would have the guts to do the right thing no matter what the consequences.

  15. It always pays to tell tell the truth. It cost me my job. I can sleep nights, and know that in the end
    someone will have to pay the money back, along with the pension beneftis they received for receiving monies for time not worked in Cook County, Illinois.

  16. I filed sevreal Whistleblower case’s against My Employers as a Sworn Law Enforcement Contracter . In Dec.2014 an Adminstrative Law Judge came back with findings and final resolutions in January 2015. One of the findings was expundgment of criminal record, endangerment, nonsupport. I’ve been a Agent/Inspector since preadul;t as I’m subject to special emancepation beacase of my Foriegn Citezen Diplomatic Status.I claimed the F.B.I , Dept. of Justice, U.S. Seacretary of State and Office of the President abandoned me while Working Deep Cover Cases from D.O.D, D.O.J. contracting along with non judicial relief from the U.S. Atorneys Office. I’ve Never been able to obtain my Identifications, G.S.A. Number or card. I also have never sucssefully gained access to my payroll and spend my own money to conduct my buissness. Even thought my Payroll Account dates back to 1987. I’ve also been told my taxes have never been payed and I’ve also been Threatned with violance, and harrased by Portland/Seattle FBI Field Offices and abandoned by U.S.Marshal’s Service Threat Investigations and U.S. Atorneys Office in Portland OR. I do not have money for representation. Thank You For Your Time Sir Master Ralph D. Steele

  17. yes, I would. It always pays to be honest and try to prevent fraud , no matter what the cost. Even if it means losing everything you have worked hard for