Tuesday, November 20, 2007

How much information?

I was speaking with a feeder today. She was wondering what she should say if the town council asked her how many cats she is caring for. She said she has a difficult officer who will baulk if she told him the real answer and she wondered whether to lie. I told her first of all, lying is a bad idea - if you get caught (and chances are good you will) then your credibility if shot.

She was still fretting over this though when I told her that she had no obligation to give the exact number. For example, she can decide not to tell the officer if he asks and she is uncomfortable about it. And she can tell him so. For example, complainants are not obligated to give any details - so the caregiver can not give details if they're not comfortable either.

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