Have you wondered about the ethics of using fake doctor’s notes to get out of work or school? Perhaps you’ve considered it but wondered what happens if you get caught and if it’s morally ok to use them and fake a doctor’s signature. So, are fake doctor’s note a sin or a savior?
How often should you use them?
Most people have used a fake doctor’s note in their lives, but how often should you use them? Occasional use is totally ok provided you’re not skipping out on something that you should be doing or leaving people who depend on you without help or options. If you’re just taking a mental health day and you need a doctor’s note to look more valid, that’s also totally acceptable. The problem comes with using them too frequently or without good reasons. Not only that, but fake doctor’s notes have the potential to get you in a lot of trouble. The risk of trouble increases the more you use them, so it is definitely important to use them sparingly and with caution to minimize your risk of getting caught.
Why should you use them?
As discussed above, it’s important to know the justifiable reasons behind using a fake doctor’s note before attempting to find or create one. If you’re actually sick but unable to afford to go to a doctor or just can’t get there, creating a fake doctor’s note is definitely ok. Like stated above as well, if you’re just in need of a mental health day every once in awhile, this is absolutely ok as well. The problem comes when you’re using them too regularly and for things that you just don’t feel like doing. You end up falling further behind and creating a lot of suspicion if you pull out the doctor’s note too frequently so it’s important to look at the reasons behind using them in the first place to make sure your heart is in the right place.
So, is it moral?
In the end, the morality of the fake doctor’s note is really up to the person using it. Good questions to ask yourself are : Is it hurting anyone around me? Is missing school or work hurting my performance? Will I get paid PTO if I skip work or is this potentially going to cost me money? Will it cost someone else money? Eventually you will get caught, so it’s important to think about the how and the why so you can have a good reason prepared when you are eventually confronted. What are the repercussions, if any, of getting caught? Are they worth it if you do? Make sure you really look at it from all angles before proceeding.
In the end, whether or not you use a fake doctor’s note is up to you. Base your decision on whether or not it feels right to you and the reasons why you’re choosing to use a doctor’s note to avoid running into any moral dilemmas.