As I am taking part in the Commenting Boot camp at the moment, and today’s challenge is to respectfully disagree with someone’s point of view, I though I would post on a topic that perhaps will encourage some debate.
A lot of the people involved said they were struggling to find posts to disagree about and didn’t want to hurt the authors feelings so I am going to suggest a situation I know will come with some resistance, and state an opinion that will differ from many, and I am fully open to being disagreed with, even argued with an insulted, although resorting to that will reflect badly on you rather than me.
The situation is hypothetical so I won’t be offended by any answers!
So the situation is: You are a freelance writer and a member of a university approaches you about writing some tutorials for him, you accept and spend three weeks doing the work. Upon completion but before you send the work or receive the pay, he reveals he is not, in fact, a lecturer or teacher and is completing a dissertation on learning. You strongly suspect that the work you have completed will be plagiarized and passed off as the students own for his project.
What would you do in this situation?
In my opinion, as a freelance writer, your contract with the client is more important than any foul play the student may commit with the work once it has left your hands, and although there is a moral dilemma, the breach of employee-employer trust is more important. So I would take the money and hand over the report.