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# The candy manufacturer's claim that employee

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30 Jun 2014, 16:49
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.

-Emp. theft = lost revenue
-piece by piece consumption (slow)
C: losses are greatly overstated

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

(A) The workers eat only defective candies that could not be sold --- strengthens; if workers are eating the damaged inventory there wouldn't be losses.
(B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees --- weakens; if employees eat candy that could be sold then there are losses b/c revenue is being lost as the quantities for sale are suppressed. Best so far!
(C) A few workers account for most of the candy that is eaten but not paid for. --- passage makes note of slow pace at which candy is eaten. Therefore, even if "select" employees are responsible for all of the damage they're not eating at a fast enough pace. Neither here nor there
(D) Most of the candies eaten by employees are consumed during the holiday season, when production outputs are at their highest. --- at busy season less inventory = greater losses. Strengthen!
(E) The amount of candy eaten by employees is only a small fraction of the candy sold by the company. --- despite being a small portion it could still be a large portion of potential sales. Irrelevant.
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10 Aug 2014, 23:32
How does A strengthen? Please explain. I believe A weakens
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14 Jul 2016, 09:35
(A) The workers eat only defective candies that could not be sold - Strengthen's the argument
(B) Candy eaten by employees represents lost potential sales to non-employees - Could be an answer
(C) A few workers account for most of the candy that is eaten but not paid for. - Strengthen's the argument
(D) Most of the candies eaten by employees are consumed during the holiday season, when production outputs are at their highest - Could be an answer
(E) The amount of candy eaten by employees is only a small fraction of the candy sold by the company - Strengthen's the argument

Out of B and D, will go for B since D only talks about production outputs and effect of production outputs on sales has not been given in the argument.
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04 Jan 2019, 17:57
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