I thought it would be interesting to hear everyone's opinions on this situation. My friend, Sean, is an auto mechanic. He used to work for a small, individually-owned garage, and his boss was a classic scumbag. Just as an example, Sean quit because his boss wanted him to charge black customers extra. Sean is now making plans to open his own garage, and would like to bid on the fleet business of his former boss's customers who he knows are being routinely gouged on prices. He feels it's unethical, though, because he became acquainted with the customers through his job and he's taking advantage of inside knowledge (the fact that the prices are deliberately inflated). I say it's ethical because he hasn't worked for the man in a while, so it isn't like he's quitting and taking the business with him out the door. And any reasonably-informed person in the automotive industry could look at those prices and know that they're inflated. As long as he doesn't badmouth his old boss to get the business and simply enters a lower - honest - bid, I don't see the problem. What do you guys say?