Recently the NY Post ran a story for two consecutive days. It involved what is being described as a locksmith "whistle-blower" by the name of Joel Goldbaum stepping forward. Joel felt compelled to step forward to expose what he believes is shady practices of institutional locksmiths at the Kings County Hospital where he was employed. He claim they were padding their overtime.
As a result Joel found himself targeted in a hostile work environment and ultimately terminated.
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According to Joel, there is more to the story and it is not just about the overtime. We can only imagine what the NY Post may expose next. Possibly personal and unlicensed businesses being operated out of the facility, using facility inventory for side jobs, brass buckets being filled with new inventory and cashed in at the local recyclers. It could be anything.
What we do know is that Joel Goldbaum made a decision to follow his conscience and his belief in the Baldomeric Oath, which is the SOPL's code of ethics. In doing so Joel who has a special needs child placed principle above his own self interest. At a time when everyone has their hands out and we see repeated and intentional degrading of the locksmiths by propaganda news reports fed by our own industry associations and editorial outlets, it is nice to see that integrity still matters to some who follow the SOPL code of conduct.
Time will tell how many layers will be peeled back. Let's just hope it is not an Onion that will make people cry.
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Tom Lynch, CRL