After numerous campus interviews, Geoff Hughes, a final year student at Great Southern University, received two office interview invitations from the offices of two large companies in the city centre. Both companies offered to cover his out-of pocket expenses (travel, hotel and meals). He scheduled the interviews for both companies on the same day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. At the conclusion of each interview, he submitted to both companies his total out-of-pocket expenses for the trip from the university to the city: mileage $97.90 (445 kilometres at $0.22), hotel $130, meals $36, parking $18, for a total of $282. He believes this approach is appropriate. If he had made two trips, his cost would have been two times $282. He is also certain that neither company knew he had visited the other on that same trip. Within 10 days Geoff received two cheques in the mail, each for the amount of $282.
a) Who are the stakeholders (affected parties) in this situation?
b) What are the ethical issues in this case?
c) What would you do in this situation?
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