Several years ago, I had a bloke on my team, who was a daily trial. He was a miserable, moody, surly feckless waster, and the day he went outside still rates as one of the greatest days of my life. Every now and again, a bit of gossip reaches me about how his life has bombed since he left. He's been sacked from numerous jobs, his wife has left him, and his debts have spiralled out of control. Anyway, I shall get to the point. What do I find in my In-tray today, but a reference request for him from a prospective employer. You can imagine my initial glee, now is my chance to f*ck him over for all the aggro he caused me when I was young and green, but having had all morning to dwell on it, my resolve is crumbling. His life is really on the skids, he's sleeping in his car, drinking himself to death, and on the verge of offing himself by all accounts. If I answer all the questions on this form honestly, his job application will be sh*tcanned, and there is a very real possibility that he will douse himself in petrol and go to meet his maker looking like a pre-graft Nicki Lauder. (sorry, wishful thinking) What I'm looking for, is peoples opinions, should I play it straight, and risk having his (long overdue) death on my conscience, or shall I throw him a lifeline by perjuring myself, and portray him as the perfect employee?