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edmund_the_destroyer wrote (edited )

The story could have been better as a "Choose Your Own Adventure" style.

You could have decided it was unethical to hire your friend at subsistence wages, and closed shop. Or you could hire them at good wages, and then run yourself out of business. One of your early employees could get hurt in a terrible knitting-needle accident, and you could kick them to the curve and move on or cover their medical expenses... and go out of business. You could refuse to outsource your production, and then run yourself out of business. Or your competitor could negotiate a deal with BabyMart and BabyCo to only carry their products, and then you go out of business. Or you could outsource your production, but once you learned about the terrible working conditions overseas you try to make it right and treat your employees better, and with the added costs... you go out of business.

In other words, it's a game where all of the players who have a conscience or grow a conscience along the way will eventually get beaten by the players that don't. Call it "Survival of the Least Ethical".