Chodrak delivered rice bowls to laborers so that their overseers could get credit for more work in less time. It was not standard practice to pay laborers a living wage, so at least they got their noon meal. The details, of course, were kept from the investors in the project; they had means but not expertise. Chodrak saw several problems with this arrangement of labor, management, and capital. He saw the overseers manipulating both laborers and investors, but he said nothing to any party. The problems were part of the system, which precluded any say for Chodrak. Nothing changed and no one was punished.