Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
....But it's a shame the guy felt the need to blow off the policy and risk his job over essentially trivial details. People do dumb things.

I agree. I'm speculating it may be rooted in insecurity in the work submitted and the severe competition. This is almost like the steroids scandal in baseball. Something a little extra that's not allowed to give you an extra boost or bump in your results. It's wrong but possible that a lot of others do it and get away with it resulting in an uneven playing field and less ability to compete if you play it straight and follow the rules. Pressure must be intense. Also I'd imagine a case of in the beginning get away once with a tiny thing that might be borderline, and that slowly evolves into more and more and before you know it you're going over the line and becoming bolder and bolder more and more.