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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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On the first morning, two polar bears frolicked on a rock, and then one of them tumbled into the water and began wrestling with a plastic toy.
And the England rugby star had fun tackling Kirsty as they frolicked in the sea.
Four-year-old Amanda Paredes frolicked in the petting zoo, attending to a baby cow, sheep, a goat and geese while her mother watched.
They only had eyes for each other as the Newcastle United defender gave radio presenter Kate, who won the Channel 4 reality show in 2002, a piggy back out of the sea and frolicked with her in the sand.
Students from counties across Southern California danced and frolicked Monday with Canadian Indians as part of a program designed to teach youngsters about other cultures.