I worked in case management at a mental health center about ten years ago. We helped people with severe mental illnesses to live independently in the community by teaching life skills and linking them with community resources.
One day, I caught a coworker stealing money from a client. I realized by their conversation this was a regular thing. He had persuaded the client to pay him in cash for transportation services, which should have been provided at no cost.
I wrestled with what to do next. I knew I should report my co-worker, However, I didn’t want to be the office rat. I was worried about losing some of my friends.
In the end, I decided it was better to stand up for someone that couldn’t stand up for themselves, even if it caused me to have personal issues with my coworkers.