Urman Dictionary

tabasco ethics

noun phrase

An ethical framework that inverts cause and effect in order to justify actions.

Sitting down in the breakroom with their takeout lunches, Grant watched as Anzo produced a small bottle of tabasco sauce from his bag.
“Wait… did you take that from the condiment table at the restaurant?” asked Grant, recognizing the bottle.
“Yeah,” said Anzo, drizzling the sauce onto his meal.
“So you just stole it?” asked Grant.
Anzo shrugged. “They figure a certain amount of that into their finances anyway,” he said.
“Oh, I see,” said Grant. “You subscribe to tabasco ethics.” He made a mental note to keep his desk drawers locked.