I hate to find myself typing this but im hoping that you guys (and gals) may be able to give me some advice on my situation. I worked for a nameless company for 11 months after leaving uni, it wasnt my dream job but the money was ok and it was getting me good experience as a retail manager. I discovered one of my staff was stealing, not a large amount but there were a few things I discovered that I didnt like the look of. I went to my boss about what I had discovered and at the same time I got something off my chest that I had done 6 months previously. Basically what I had done was buy some products at a discounted price before Xmas, then change my mind a month or so later and knowingly refund 2 of the products at full price. Total gain to me aprox £23 which I then paid back before approaching my line manager with my confession. The reason why I confessed was that I had a feeling that my member of staff knew what I had done and didnt want him to blackmail me with it. To cut a long story short it all blew up in my face and I was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct. My line manager as good as told me that he had to sack me because of my confession as it was company policy, aparently regardless of my hard work and previous conduct. I have no choice but to put the incident behind me so no more appeals etc but I want to paint myself in a good light for future employers without lying. I have a very good reference from a previous employer I was with for 3 years but obviously have nothing from this last job and the question as to why I left is bound to come up in an interview. Any thoughts?