I’m starting a new category on my blog here: Unethical Virtual Assistants.
I think most people are inherently honest. I think others sometimes do wrong things out of ignorance or denial, but if they were made to think about it, they would know in their hearts their actions were wrong, and given the chance will put things to rights.
And then there are those slimeballs who live under rocks and get away with their dishonest, unethical behaviors because no one exposes their actions to see the light of day.
I’m not having it anymore.
It’s a pretty damn sad commentary that the only way to get those kind of people’s attention is to expose them. You can’t appeal to their ethics—because they have none.
So from now on, here’s what happens when someone steals from me and infringes on my intellectual property.
They get one chance and one chance only to make things right as soon as they hear from me.
If they play games or make the choice to not make things right, I will be posting their names and website links and screenshots documenting the evidence of their theft for the the world to see. (To anyone reading, you had better check to see if they’ve stolen anything from YOU).
I will also, of course, then be handing everything over to my intellectual property attorney. And trust me, once you force me to go to that kind of trouble, I’m pretty invested in going for your jugular at that point.
If you have been a victim of thievery by colleagues, I encourage you to do the same.
Take screenshots documenting their theft. Have your attorney issue a cease and desist and file paperwork to have the offending sites taken down. Go after every penny of prosecution and damages that you may be entitled to.
Maybe then not only will be break this growing cycle of thievery, but we can get back to real honesty and integrity in our industry again.