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    SOURCE: Free exchange: Making pay work | The Economist


    hi there! I come across this article from <the economist> today, and I have problems understanding part of it.


    "People with a strong sense of fairness like to help those whom they perceive as helpful. But the flip side is that they will punish those they see as being unhelpful. So a monopolist charging rip-off prices may be shunned, even if the shopper really wants the product. Similarly, an unfair boss may be punished with bad work, even if this hurts the worker too."


    Here. I don't quite get it....I don't see the logical links between this two sentences"People with a strong sense of fairness like to help those whom they perceive as helpful. But the flip side is that they will punish those they see as being unhelpful."
    and"So a monopolist charging rip-off prices may be shunned, even if the shopper really wants the product."
    Is this some kind of metaphor , or what?? Can anyone help? Many thanks!

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    Re: something to ask about an article

    What metaphor can you see?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    I don't think this is a metaphor. People with a strong sense of fairness act by supporting people they perceive as good and punish the people they perceive as bad. If there is a business in the neighborhood that the "fair" person perceives as bad, they will not shop there even if they want the products and like the prices. This goes on in the US with a corporation such as Walmart. Many criticize their business and employment practices, But their prices are very good. Some shop there and some won't.

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    Thanks for the paraphrase! It does make the original meaning clearer

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    Re: something to ask about an article

    You're welcome.

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    Re: something to ask about an article

    Quote Originally Posted by martiankid View Post
    Thanks for the paraphrase! It does make the original meaning clearer
    You don't need to make a new post to say thank you. It makes us think there is a proper new post (follow-up question) to read so we are a little disappointed when we get to it and find it's a thank you. Please just click the Like button on posts that are helpful.
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