Honesty is a quality that all companies are looking for in prospective employees.
If you can't be trusted, then you probably are unemployable. However, it is fair to say that any role that involves the handling of money demands that the person be honest.
I always find it fairly disheartening when I hear of a case of someone who stole money from the company they worked for.
It is even worse when you are the one being stolen from. I have been a victim of such theft before and I can assure you that the sense of betrayal is huge. What made it worse is that I had trusted the person. I think the betrayal of trust is often the biggest issue - more so than the actual amount stolen (depending on how much, of course. In my case it was a relatively small amount).
It is not only people who handle money who can be tempted in this way, but also those providing a service, like courier drivers.
One such case was in Napier District Court this week and involved Conrad Jensen Whakangaroa Rarere, 23, who was ordered to pay reparation and serve 200 hours' community service for stealing packages he was delivering.
Another man in the same profession has also been charged in a separate case, but I will not comment on that because it is before the courts.
It is quite interesting to see the charges that Rarere has been convicted of - causing loss by deception and theft. The word deception is the key word. The Oxford Dictionary definition for it is: "deliberately cause (someone) to believe something that is not true, especially for personal gain."
Quite damning, really. It just shows - honesty is always the best policy.