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The candy manufacturer's claim that employee "theft" costs the company thousands of dollars a year in potential sales is greatly overstated. Most of the candy eaten on the job and not paid for is eaten one piece at a time, by workers who would not be willing to buy an entire box of it anyway.

Which of the following if true, most weakens the argument above?

(A) The workers eat only defective candies that could not be sold
(B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees
(C) A few workers account for most of the candy that is eaten but not paid for.
(D) Most of the candies eaten by employees are consumed during the holiday season, when production outputs are at their highest
(E) The amount of candy eaten by employees is only a small fraction of the candy sold by the company
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The candy manufacturer's claim that employee "theft" costs the company thousands of dollars a year in potential sales is greatly overstated. Most of the candy eaten on the job and not paid for is eaten one piece at a time, by workers who would not be willing to buy an entire box of it anyway.

Which of the following if true, most weakens the argument above?

A) The workers eat only defective candies that could not be sold

B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees

C) A few workers account for most of the candy that is eaten but not paid for.

D) Most of the candies eaten by employees are consumed during the holiday season, when production outputs are at their highest

E) The amount of candy eaten by employees is only a small fraction of the candy sold by the company

Theft is overstated because employees that eat the candy included in theft wouldnt buy the candy anyways.
OA is B. If the candy eaten by employees could have been sold. then theft is not overstated.
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23 Apr 2006, 21:28
joemama142000 wrote:
The candy manufacturer's claim that employee "theft" costs the company thousands of dollars a year in potential sales is greatly overstated. Most of the candy eaten on the job and not paid for is eaten one piece at a time, by workers who would not be willing to buy an entire box of it anyway.

Which of the following if true, most weakens the argument above?

A) The workers eat only defective candies that could not be sold
B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees
C) A few workers account for most of the candy that is eaten but not paid for.
D) Most of the candies eaten by employees are consumed during the holiday season, when production outputs are at their highest
E) The amount of candy eaten by employees is only a small fraction of the candy sold by the company

its a good question.

B too....
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23 Apr 2006, 23:25
Good question, B for me too
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joemama142000 wrote:
The candy manufacturer's claim that employee "theft" costs the company thousands of dollars a year in potential sales is greatly overstated. Most of the candy eaten on the job and not paid for is eaten one piece at a time, by workers who would not be willing to buy an entire box of it anyway.

Which of the following if true, most weakens the argument above?

(A) The workers eat only defective candies that could not be sold
(B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees
(C) A few workers account for most of the candy that is eaten but not paid for.
(D) Most of the candies eaten by employees are consumed during the holiday season, when production outputs are at their highest
(E) The amount of candy eaten by employees is only a small fraction of the candy sold by the company

Only (B) explains a good reason why candies eaten by employees could affect potential sales and hence undermining the argument.
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20 Aug 2010, 10:28
its a clear B
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20 Aug 2010, 11:32
yep clear B...
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20 Aug 2010, 16:03
my answer is B
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22 Aug 2010, 07:03
B is for me.

Only B could make "theft" in potential sales not overstated.
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24 Aug 2010, 00:35
"Overstated" is the cue here !!!!
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25 Aug 2010, 09:33
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25 Aug 2010, 21:02
b ---no surprises
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25 Aug 2010, 21:17
It's B and the Q is pretty straight forward.
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16 Oct 2010, 10:48
i choose d
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18 Oct 2010, 18:45
The conclusion is that the manufacturer claims about the theft is overstated right ?

and the question is about which weakens the argument.

so IMO it is A, if the employees are eating the defective candies which cannot be sold then it is not a loss for the company
and the manufacturer is definitely over stating about the losses.

If A is true wouldn't it weaken the argument.

Correct me if i am wrong..
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(B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees.

The candies eaten basically are NOT SOLD by the company. therefore eating them really does not cost to the company.
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25 Aug 2011, 05:38
B strengthens
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25 Aug 2011, 06:33
clearly b
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Weaken the argument:
Workers eating candy -> Doesn't cost company sales.

(A) The workers eat only defective candies that could not be sold
Actually strengthens the argument
(B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees
Directly tell us that eaten candy can be sold to others. Correct
(C) A few workers account for most of the candy that is eaten but not paid for.
Has no effect on the argument as we don't care which employee eats how much
(D) Most of the candies eaten by employees are consumed during the holiday season, when production outputs are at their highest
Tells us about production not how sales are effected.
(E) The amount of candy eaten by employees is only a small fraction of the candy sold by the company
Tells us nothing about lost sales.

Answer is B
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