First, determine whether the anonymous complaint gives you enough facts to investigate. Here, the letter provides no facts to support the allegation that Tom is involved with drugs, and there isn’t really anything to investigate. An anonymous allegation, absent some other facts, does not provide reasonable cause to intrude into Tom’s privacy interests, such as requiring drug testing. However, even in such situations, you should keep your eyes open to see whether Tom’s conduct causes you any concerns, and then follow up on those concerns, rather than the anonymous complaint.
of those who use the truth to deceive. When someone tells you something
that is true, but leaves out important information that should be
included, he can create a false impression.
For example, someone might say, “I just won a hundred dollars on the lottery. It was great. I took that dollar ticket back to the store and turned it in for one hundred dollars!”
This guy’s a winner, right? Maybe, maybe not. We then discover that he bought two hundred tickets, and only one was a winner. He’s really a big loser!
He didn’t say anything that was false, but he deliberately omitted important information. That’s called a half-truth. Half-truths are not technically lies, but they are just as dishonest.
Untrustworthy candidates in political campaigns often use this tactic. Let’s say that during