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Can we characterize our culture as a ‘culture of cheaters’?  Consider these few examples:

  • Track and field star, Marion Jones just acknowledged she used performance-enhancing drugs leading to the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
  • E.F. Hutton, an American brokerage firm known for that commercial jingle, “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen” and once (I thought) a squeaky clean company,  is now a faint memory because the company cheated investers.  In 1980,  several Hutton branches began writing checks greater than what they had on hand at one bank, then making a deposit in another bank equal to the amount it wrote at the first bank. This strategy, known as “chaining,” is a form of check kiting.  “Chaining” gave Hutton the use of money in both accounts until the checks cleared. In effect, Hutton was giving itself a free loan that also didn’t carry any interest.  See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.F._Hutton.
  • Martha Stewart cheated when in 2002, she was accused of insider trading and other crimes relating to statements that she made to investigators.
  • Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire are suspected to have used performance-enhancing drugs.  Both men are clouded in mystery.
  • My daughter who graduated from a high school in West County (St. Louis) would often tell us of classmates cheating in class.
  • Good friends laughed as they told how they cheated through high school and college.
  • Husbands cheat on their wives; and wives cheat on the husbands.
  • A former co-worker shared how a former decorated Olympian was thought to be a male but when the athlete died, the autopsy revealed the person was a female.  Her name was Stella Walsh Walasiewiscz.  All in the name of cheating. 
  • And according to a report on St. Louis’ KMOX (1120 AM) this morning, now you can call Excused Absence Network and get a ‘legitimate and authentic looking’ written excuse to miss work.  See myexcusedabsence.com.

Do cheaters win?

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