Theft at work; special circumstances Posted on September 16, 2020 at 6:23 am.Written by StuurluiDevelopment Defendant committed theft by twice taking money out of the wallet of a colleague at work. By doing this, defendant clearly violated the norms and values set for bank employees. The behavior is deemed to be in breach of integrity rules. The complaint made against defendant is therefore legitimate. Because of special circumstances – defendant was fired, defendant’s mental health and pressures arising from the disciplinary procedure – no sanctions were imposed.