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    THEFT

    5% of what you spend goes to cover business losses from theft. Approximately $140 billion of material and time is stolen from employers every year. 

    Eternity, April, 1989, p. 15.


    Thieves closely involved with the crucifixion: Judas betrayed Christ (John 12:6), Barabbas benefited temporarily from Christ (Mark 15:7, John 18:40), two thieves crucified with Christ, one who berated him (Luke 23:39), and one who believed in Christ (Luke 23:43).

    Source Unknown.


    Theft in the workplace is commonly estimated to cost between $30 billion and $40 billion a year in the U.S. That is in cash, goods and property. These figures are based on a 1975 report by the American Management Association in New York, which judged the loss as due to these 11 "nonviolent crimes": employee pilferage, kickbacks or bribery, security theft and fraud, embezzlement, arson, burglary, vandalism, shoplifting, insurance fraud, check fraud, and credit-card fraud. What's more, there are employee behaviors labeled "intangible crime" by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or "time theft" by Robert Half International, headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif. Robert Half estimates that time theft costs U.S. businesses $230 billion a year. These crimes cover the fake sick day, getting someone else to punch in your card on the time clock, making personal telephone calls, conducting private business in the workplace. There is tremendous argument over whether unauthorized telephone calls to home or any of these other activities should be toted as part of theft loss. 

    Parade Magazine, May 27, 1990, p. 7.


    Deliberate waste and abuse of company time costs the U.S. economy over $120 billion a year. This loss is three times more than it is for recognized business crime. At some companies 20-40% of employee time is stolen. Office employees are 30% worse than blue-collar workers, perhaps because supervision isn't as close. Workers under 30 are the biggest offenders. Watch out for executives who set bad examples. If the boss is a time thief, employees will be too. 

    Creative Management.


    In an sample of 400 nurses, more than 90% failed to report all their income...In an audit of 4000 California returns that showed large charitable contributions, the vast majority of those filing the returns were found to be cheating. On average, they owed additional taxes of $5,800. Tax evasion is becoming not just sickness but an epidemic, no longer kept secret but widely admitted, even joked about and accepted. 

    Time, March 28, 1983.