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Ethics Question: Are you obligated to steal Hitler's wallet?
Old 11-02-2014, 02:10 AM
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Default Ethics Question: Are you obligated to steal Hitler's wallet?

Here's a fun little ethics question I found:

It is 1933. You are in Berlin, Germany. Somehow, you find yourself in a position where you can effortlessly steal Adolf Hitler?s wallet. This theft will not effect Hitler?s rise to power, the nature of World War II, or the Holocaust. There is no important identification in the wallet, but the act will cost Hitler forty Reichsmarks and completely ruin his evening. You do not need the money. The odds that you will be caught committing this crime are less than 2 percent.

Are you ethically obligated to steal Hitler?s wallet?
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:32 AM
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ethically obligated? No. Would I? Hell yeah.
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:35 AM
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I feel like there are a lot of factors missing from the question. Are you the same person you are now just sent back to 1933, or are you someone from the time period and location? Whose ethics are we basing this on?

As a German in 1933 I'd probably support Hitler like most did. There'd be no reason for me to steal his wallet. As myself, I don't think I'd be ethically obligated. I believe it would be ethically acceptable but if stealing Hitler's wallet has no important effects then why do it?
Old 11-02-2014, 02:36 AM
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No, Hitler was not a good guy, but I don't steal. Even though his actions were immoral, doesn't mean I am going to change my Ethics to get back at someone, no matter how terrible they are. Being an immoral person, and taking his wallet would just help further fuel the immorality of other people. It is just like fighting fire with fire.
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:42 AM
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Take the money, Invest the money and make bank. See ya and thanks for the money Hit Hit.
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Old 11-02-2014, 03:58 AM
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If I don't have enough money for a plane ticket, I'd take it and use to get out of Germany.

If I did, I'd take it and give it to some Jewish family to move to America.

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Take the money, Invest the money and make bank. See ya and thanks for the money Hit Hit.
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