Moral Conundrum: Mistakes at the Cash Register
Don't read unless you're bored and want to whore. Believe me, this isn't to make me feel better about myself.
Last night I get home from work and am kinda bored (a function of no TV). I wonder how many moral conundrums start at the point someone realizes they're bored? Anyway, deciding to do something about it, as well as have an excuse to drink beer on a Monday night, I decide I'll build a return pump line for my fishtank out of 1" PVC pipe.
I head down to the local hardware store for some fittings and a section of 1" PVC. One of the fittings is a union, and these little suckers are kinda pricey for a fitting, like $5. So I pay, and notice the bill is too small walking out. I'd screwed an adapter into the union, and the dude had only scanned the 50¢ adapter. I smile, decide to do the right thing, and walk right back to the clerk.
I wait for him to finish with his current customer. There are many more in line. I politely interrupt and tell the guy, "hey I don't think you charged me for this union".
The people waiting all smile, and talk of how honest I am. The clerk says, "yes I charged you."
I smile and say, "no, you only scanned the adapter I had screwed in, sorry for the confusion."
Now the clerk is also polite and smiling but firm, "nope, I scanned both!" A pause. "But thanks for coming back!"
I chuckle, and say, "OK man, cool"
Now, had I been shortchanged, I would've forced the issue, but since it wasn't my money, I just didn't care enough to argue with the man.
Would anyone here have insisted you pay for the mistake at that point?
...you are trying to insult me, and I agree it is very easy to do, if you haven't sufficient respect for yourself. - Tolstoy
Last edited by luvtolean; 03-08-2005 at 11:27 AM.