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Frolic

Activities performed by an employee during working hours that are not considered to be in the course of his or her employment, since they are for the employee's personal purposes only.

The doctrine of Respondeat Superior makes a principal liable for the torts of his or her agent occurring during the course of employment. This is based on the concept that a principal has control over his or her agent's behavior. If an agent was hired to drive from point A to point B, and, through reckless driving, hit a pedestrian along the way, the principal would ordinarily be held liable. If, however, the agent was engaged in frolic, the principal would not be liable. This might occur, for example, if an employee were hired to transport goods from point A to point B and made several detours along the way for personal reasons. If the employee became involved in an accident while on a frolic, the employer would not be liable unless it could be established that he or she was negligent in the hiring or supervision of the employee.

frolic

noun amusement, antic, caper, carousal, drollery, entertainment, escapade, fun, gaiety, gambol, jollity, joviality, lark, merriment, merrymaking, mirth, play, pleasantry, recreation, rollick, romp, vagary
Associated concepts: detour and frolic

frolic

verb act up, amuse oneself, caper, carouse, dance, disport, enjoy oneself, frisk, gambol, have a good time, have fun, joke, paint the town red, play, revel, rollick, romp, sport
See also: carouse
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The grotto was made safe for frolickers, who can duck in and out through its rustic portico--think of an impressive porch with columns, if Fred Flintstone were the architect--or they can slip down the back tunnel to the secret rear entrance.
Meanwhile, the Druskininkai Snow Arena, open 7 days a week, with the winter season at its midway point, has been swarmed with snow frolickers wishing to try out the 460-meter skiing trail, the fourth longest skiing trail in an indoor facility worldwide.
In addition, the Masquerade March draws schools of OfishyO frolickers in masks and costumes for a walking parade.
HERE is a roll call of open-air frolickers caught recently.