Posted : 2017-06-20 17:35
By Kim In-hwan
Every Saturday I fly to Jeju to take
care of my businesses. One day when I walked onto my tree farm, I was quite
shocked to find a thief had broken into my farmhouse and taken away all the
window frames. The thief had destroyed the walls just to take the door. The
house had to be demolished.
Three years later, another incident took place: a steel container weighing over two tons had disappeared. Why would anyone take it? It would cost more money to steal the container than to buy one because the thief would have to rent a crane and a big truck to carry it. It would have cost 600,000 won ($540) to rent both vehicles while the container only cost 500,000 won ($450). It seemed impractical to commit a crime only to lose money.
According to a police investigation, neither a crane nor a truck was rented during the week. However, a junk yard was identified as having collected many iron pieces from two men. They had cut the container into small pieces by using a welder. One thief was Mr. P aged 70, and the other Mr. Y 34 years old. Mr. Y who was homeless had been an orphan since he was born. However, Mr. P was in a more difficult situation. After his first son died, his daughter-in-law ran away leaving her baby behind. Being a disabled person, he couldn't walk properly. I wrote a petition to the judge to consider their difficult situations.
My letter said, " Your honor, these two men stole my container thinking that it would be of no use to me. They repented and returned the money. Now I hired both of them as my employees, and I will teach them to work as honest employees. I ask you for a favorable decision." Luckily the two criminals were free with two years of probation.
Korea, unfortunately, does not report theft annually for people to quote, but according to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce, white collar crimes ranging from petty theft to felonies amounted to 500 million won ($454 billion).
Very recently a young man working for a youth hostel in Jeju Province took pictures of his owner burying leftover food in the ground. He knew it was illegal and blackmailed her by saying that he would report her to the police with the proof unless she paid a handsome amount of money to him. The police disclosed that he did a similar action in a previous workplace. As a result, the dishonest employee was put in jail, and the owner gave up her business after paying a penalty.
A long time ago, a duke in Spain asked several prisoners in a galley why they had to work in the dark bowels of the ship. They all said, "We've done nothing wrong. The judge made a mistake" or "The witness took a bribe." However, one prisoner said, "I stole a purse, and I deserve what I now suffer." Hearing this, the duke said, "Let this prisoner leave this ship. He may pollute the others." He was set free because he told the truth.
A deep sea can be fathomed, but who knows the hearts of men? One best way to prevent theft and fraud in advance is to choose honest people at the time of recruitment. Here are my suggestions.
1) Does the applicant look straight at the interviewer or look away?
2) Does the applicant have clear eyes or blurry eyes?
3) Does the applicant wear frugal or luxurious clothes?
4) Does the applicant decorate his faces with expensive jewels or not?
In addition, you can call the job applicants' previous employers about his honesty and responsibility. Another strategy is to have all new employees work a month or two before they are officially hired.
The success of a business depends on whether or not you hire honest people. I wish you success with honest employees.
In-hwan Kim, Ph.D. has been teaching English for over 50 years in Daegu. He taught at Daegu University and Kyungpook National University. He now manages fish and tree farms on Jeju Island. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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