"I won't ever let you . . . .," the individual threatened, "if you don't. . . ."
I responded, "Are you threatening me?" That changed the conversation.
We have to be wary about being sucked into black holes of professional misconduct, and we can't create those black holes of disrespect or misdeeds either.
Fear is often a factor that creates a domino effect of poor behavior or effort. People are afraid to speak up, question, or tell the truth, and as we all know, one bad deed leads to another eventually creating a mess that's far greater to deal with than the initial problem.
We can all help one another by staying truthful, respectful, ethical, empathetic, helpful, and compassionate too.