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would you report a pedophile coworker ?
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Say you have a co-worker who proudly spills out his inclination to have sex with babies but won't because its illegal.
How do you respond ?
I would report him and do everything I can to ensure he no longer works with me.


I wouldn't report because I'd think of it as a sick joke first. Who goes around telling other people that? Its much more likely he's an idiot rather than a pedo.

Now if I was convinced he was serious, then it be equally likely that I'd be convinced he was serious about not touching any kids, so either way I'm fine with just ignoring him.

Glad to know the kiddies can rely on you.

Well I like to live dangerously

I eat rare meat, I go outside without a sweater, and play video games or read while driving the car.

What real assurance do I have that its just an offhand comment and not a serious declaration of intent? None. Assuming I believe him, why think he'll break the law if I thought he was serious about being a pedophile? Take the emotion out of the argument, and you'd have just a co-worker who has an odd taste in jokes.

Logically speaking, it doesn't matter whether he works with kids or the elderly, because the above statement works either way. So I don't think its the right thing to report him at all because you'd either be sure he's joking, or be sure he won't break the law. Only someone steeped in bias would callously twist his words into the no-win scenario you've driven him in to. By your actions, why shouldn't he go and rape the next baby he sees? Either way, he'll get the cops on him, probably lose his job, and be ostracized. Might as well indulge, right?

And before you ask, yes, I would totally leave him alone with any kid, even mine. It would be hypocritical for me to display distrust after defending him, and I'd be pretty sure of correctness to the point where I don't think he's a threat. Sometimes you just gotta take chances Dio

YogSothoth, The Straight Dope 4 Comments [9/13/2018 2:32:17 PM]
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Kanna

How many people think the most disturbing word in the coworker's description is "proudly"? That's the kind of thing that might come out in conversation with a mental health therapist. I worked with a few real assholes, but none who would be "proud" to make such a statement. People SHOULD BE ashamed of that. If (BIG "IF") he never acted on his instincts, can you assure me that he wouldn't encourage other people who might not have his level of control?

Nope. No you can't. Neither his behavior nor his influence upon others is within your control. Don't leave your kids with this guy, please.

9/13/2018 9:50:25 PM

Doubting Thomas

Sometimes you just gotta take chances


I'm not taking chances with my children's well-being, you fucking idiot.

This has got to be written by someone who doesn't even have children. I can't think of any parent who would "take chances" like this.

9/14/2018 6:47:11 AM

Anon-e-moose

would you report a pedophile coworker ?

There's an extremely good reason why I have Humberside Police on speedial on my phone.

You, OP...?!

9/14/2018 8:02:10 AM

KingOfRhye

I eat rare meat, I go outside without a sweater, and play video games or read while driving the car


I'm gonna go out on a limb here, and say you should probably not do that last one.

9/14/2018 12:21:30 PM

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