Several years ago, I had an awful experience at work and I was forced to be a rat. I’ve always believed that you don’t rat someone out. You don’t snitch on anyone or you end up with stitches. Unfortunately, I was put in a terrible position and I didn’t have any other choice. My coworker and I were out on a sales call for the day. We were talking to the manager of a large factory about industrial air purifiers. We were there to close the deal. The big boss did most of the sales pitch and we were supposed to get signatures and nail out the final details of the deal. The company owner was renting four large industrial air purifiers. We were going to maintain the equipment and take care of all the expenses. The owner of the factory was also purchasing two air purifiers for the office administration area. When the owner stepped away from the desk, my coworker reached into the guys desk and boosted his wallet. I was shocked and I’m sure my face showed a reaction because my coworker sighed. I thought he was kidding, but he never put the wallet back in the desk. I never said anything when we got into our work truck. LAter that day, my boss called me into the office. The factory owner filed a complaint and accused us of stealing his personal property. I had to tell my boss about the theft and I had to rat out my coworker. The guy got fired and we still lost the account, but at least I didn’t have to live with that guilty and nagging feeling.