What would YOU have done?
I did my weekly shopping at WalMart today. I used the self check out. While putting my bags in the car, I heard something slap down on the wires of the cart. Something was not in a bag. I had not noticed, not scanned, not paid for, and not bagged one item.
To be totally honest, this was my thought process…
• It’s cold out here and I want to go home, just toss it in the car and leave.
• No, that’s not right. I need to go in and pay for it. It’s only $5 bucks, I have that in cash.
I go back in the exit section of the self check out area and tell the cashier that I discovered something I had not paid for. She said, “Okay.” That was it! There was no fanfare, no comments about my honesty, no nothing, just “Okay.”
And then, the item was $10.00, not five. WHAT? I sighed and rummaged deeper into my pocket for the cash.
Even though it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought it was going to be, and I received no kudos for my choice to go back in, I feel it was the right thing to do. I think, if I had just chucked the item in the car and left, it would have bothered me to no end.
If I had gone through a regular checkout line and the cashier had made the error, would I have gone back? If it had been a $50.00 item, would I have gone back? Yes, I would have. Theft is theft, no matter if it was accidental. Once it becomes known, there is a choice to be made.
The fact that I didn’t receive a parade when I went back means a number of other folks have made the same mistake I did and come to the same conclusion. It feels good to do the right thing, the honest thing, the morally correct thing.
Be honest with yourself… What would YOU have done?
If you had gone ahead and gotten in your car and left, perhaps it’s time to ponder your views and your values. Consider what that choice would look like to those around you, especially those within your circle of influence. Children and grandchildren look to their elders to learn the proper way to behave in society. Be a good example for them.
If you’d have gone back and paid for the item, the cashier wouldn’t acknowledge that, but I will.
Good for you!