Monday, February 23, 2009

Morally Challenged

You are driving down the road on a dark, stormy night, when you pass by a bus-stop where you see three people waiting for a bus:
  1. An old lady who looks as if she's about to die.
  2. An old friend who once saved your life.
  3. The perfect partner you've been dreaming of.
Who would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that you can fit only one passenger in your car?

This moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.

You could pick up the old lady because she is about to die, and thus you could save her life.

Or you could take your old friend because they once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to repay them.

However, you might never be able to find your perfect soul-mate again.

What would you do?

The job candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with her answer:
I would give the car keys to my old friend and let them take the old lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.
BORING! The correct answer is:

Run over the old lady, and put her out of her misery, copulate with your perfect partner on the bonnet of your car, then drive off with your old friend for a couple of drinks.

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