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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.

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And the England rugby star had fun tackling Kirsty as they frolicked in the sea.
But Gail was determined to keep her bikini on as she frolicked in the sea while on holiday in Barbados.
He succeeded, in part because it was impossible to hide the exploits of his main target, Prince Philipp zu Eulenburg, a poet and songwriter who frolicked with scores of working-class men.
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.
While they were kept outside, Bobby frolicked in the gardens, generally making mayhem of the flower-beds.
Looking tanned and relaxed, the family frolicked on a snowmobile outside a mountain cafe above the exclusive resort of Verbier.