LinkedIn is a professional networking site that I signed up for around the time I was looking for a job. I don’t really use it but have kept the account in case it becomes useful in the future. Every month I get an email from LinkedIn suggesting I connect with people it thinks I may know (based on who I am already connected to). Every month it suggests the same person that I don’t want to be connected to and I know definitely doesn’t want to be connected to me: a kid that I caught cheating in the undergrad class I was a teaching assistant for.
I didn’t want to do anything about it but he was being SO obvious. It was like watching a 3 year try to act inconspicuous. You were even allowed to bring in a cheat sheet but he had forgotten to put an equation on it for ONE problem. That boils down to probably 0.001% of his grade. I even said something along the lines of “if anyone is cheating right now, stop.” And he kept going. This was about 5 quizzes in and I knew there were some students in the class that worked really hard and were struggling to get a good grade. I knew it wasn’t fair to them if I let this guy cheat while they tried to actually earn their C. So I had to call him out on it.
Having to take up a quiz – yes a quiz, it wasn’t even worth that much – from someone only a year younger than you is incredibly awkward. I also have never seen someone shake so much as he tried to explain why he was cheating. Luckily everyone else had already left so it wasn’t entirely public humiliation. I saw him on campus multiple times after this and now the poor idiot is getting an email every month asking if he wants to “connect” with me. I wish LinkedIn had a little box that you could check that says “please don’t ever suggest this person to me again”.