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NYC Teachers Are Embroiled in a Cheating Scandal. How Honest Are You?

Lester Glassner
Age 75
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Retired from post office

Did you ever cheat when you were in school? No. I was raised not to, but in reality, I would have been afraid to face my father if I did. On the other hand, if someone was trying to cheat off my paper, I'd lean back and give them a better look.

Would you turn someone in and for what? It would depend. At the post office, they let you steal three or four times before they call you in. When you claim it was a one-time thing, they say "Oh, yeah?" and show you the other instances. The inspectors have been watching you from the secret room along the top of the ceiling.

Do you fudge on things now? No, but if somebody from Cartier or Cadillac gave me too much change, I'd keep it.


John Wong
Age 25
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Art student

Did you ever cheat when you were in school? Yes, I put a piece of paper with the answers inside a pen cap. A friend of mine wrote the answers on an orange and rolled it around to his friends during the test.

Would you turn someone in and for what? I'd never do it for cheating or stealing.

Do you fudge on things now? Yes, on small stuff. I don't shoplift because the store owner can't defend himself. I think about people who use their student loans to buy cars. Is that bad if you do ultimately pay the money back?


Mimi Hannon
Age 26
Resides Manhattan
Occupation New York Studio School employee

Did you ever cheat when you were in school? I really didn't, because I went to a strict school with a built-in social contract.

Would you turn someone in and for what? I might, but it would depend on how it affected me. My rationale for turning in a shoplifter would be that ultimately store prices would be raised to compensate for theft.

Do you fudge on things now? Yes, I think it would be hard not to, but I do try to catch things as they happen. For instance, when I don't have enough money for the takeout deliveryman, I make sure I take it to the restaurant the next day instead of hoping he'll forget about it.


Saad Mohamad
Age 21
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Hardware store clerk

Did you ever cheat when you were in school? Yes, though not on a final exam. I once got the answers from my partner.

Would you turn someone in and for what? Yes, of course. If someone was taking money out of the cash register, I'd tell the boss immediately.

Do you fudge on things now? No, never. When I first arrived in this country, a cabdriver cheated me out of $2, which I realized only when I'd gotten out of the car. Just last week, another driver gave me back $5 too much, and I returned it.


Addie Withridge
Age 71
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Retired

Did you ever cheat when you were in school? Yes, I carried a paper with the answers into the test.

Would you turn someone in and for what? I'm a firm believer in working honestly for a living, but it would have to be for something very serious, not for taking a roll of toilet paper from the public bathroom.

Do you fudge on things now? Yes, but everyone does. Why should I be an exception?


Rachel Phillips
Age 26
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Actress

Did you ever cheat when you were in school? Yes, but only on spelling tests because I happen to be a terrible speller. I wrote the answers on my hand.

Would you turn someone in and for what? Before I'd turn someone in, I'd try to help. If I thought the situation was out of my control, I'd call 911.

Do you fudge on things now? Yes, but it depends who's on the other end. My thinking is that if you can do it without getting caught or hurting someone, go ahead.


David Melendez
Age 22
Resides Queens
Occupation Teacher's aide

Did you ever cheat when you were in school? Yes, but nothing fancy. I looked at other people's papers.

Would you turn someone in and for what? I wouldn't turn someone in for cheating and as long as the money they were stealing wasn't mine. Murder's probably the thing I'd call in.

Do you fudge on things now? Yes, like everyone else. If money comes my way, an extra $20 from a mistake in a cab or a restaurant, I take it.

 
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