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    I just went to the store. My total was $10.25 and that is what I gave the clerk. He handed me $5.00 and said thank you. What would you do?

    +14  Views: 6490 Answers: 35 Posted: 6 years ago
    Tags: honesty
    ROMOS

    One simple question eh? Who,d believe this,HO HUM!
    bulletman

    Don't forget there are two pages of answers.

    35 Answers (1-30 Displayed)

    Tell him he made a mistake and give it back.  His till has to balance at the end of the day... If this happens a few times he could be in trouble and loose his job.


    If you give it back he probably will take better care with counting change back.

    "Here, I gave you the correct change."    Easy...wouldn't think twice!

    Julie, I would have done exactly what I believe you did, give it back.

    Personally I would have told him/her they,d made a mistake, could,ve came out of their pay packet.

    I would have done the right thing , tell him of his error and hand him back the 5 dollars,you reap what you sow,$5 or $5000 it's all the same.

    Honesty is the best.  I have been thanked profusely, for being honest in certain situations.  That, in itself, is rewarding.  I wonder why it seems so odd to hand the money back or turn in a wallet or a cell phone or a camera?  I have found all of those items left behind and didn't consider keeping them. They're not mine...period!

    michmar118

    I like that it never even crossed your mind for an instant to consider keeping those items. Says volumes.
    Ducky

    Moderator
    As a young kid/teenager, had I ever arrived home with something stolen, my parents would have been horrified! That's how we were raised.

    I would do the right thing-give it back.

    I would give him the $5.00 back. If I didn't, my concienes would bother me.And he might get in trouble if the register comes up short.  How do you spell conciense ?

    Ducky

    Moderator
    conscience
    ROMOS

    I know what you meant..lol..KOTF.

    Yep I would give it back and tell him he made a mistake.

    Give it back.. keep him in a job, and dont make him pay out of pocket for a simple mistake.

    "I think you have made a mistake" or as bus driver when I've given too much change out I say "excuse me,I've given you too much change". Never had a problem.

    Tell him he made a mistake and hand it back. I see these things as spiritual tests. If I fail, I earn bad karma. I earn good karma if I give it back because that is the right thing to do. 

    michmar118

    I see things that way, as well. Karma.
    cucumber

    who told you all this? what next! seven years bad luck if you break a mirror
    Colleen

    Moderator
    No, that is superstition. That has nothing to do with karma. Who told you that karma does not exist? Man? What does man know? The bible is not God so do not give me quotes from the bible.
    cucumber

    you are the person on the soap-box if you have some proof then share it with your herd don't pull rabbits out of the air or you are no better than religious fanatics that form staunch opinions with foundations built from the teachings of a cleverly written book don't be a hypocrite and just answer the comment
    Colleen

    Moderator
    I do not push my beliefs so no soapbox here. I just speak them. I do not need to prove them and you do not need to believe them but ridicule them not. It's not for you to judge.
    cucumber

    Exactly how the world is run create a false belief and set some gullible person to implement, and defend it as if it were theirs. thus closing off minds to other possibilities, and when questioned launch a tirade of verbal missiles designed to lead them away from the truth, soon some will be convinced 4+4=5
    Colleen

    Moderator
    I see no tirade from me, only you. What I do see is a confused cucumber. Good luck with whatever your agendas are. Continued attacking me will not be one of them. Back off veggie. Take your issues elsewhere, liked to whoever your God is. I answered a question based on my beliefs. Ignore my beliefs if you do not agree with them. Don't let me 'close off your mind to other possibilities'.
    Here is something else you can argue since your reality is not the same as mine. 4+4=8 << Good luck wrapping your head around that one : )
    cucumber

    I suggest reviewing your comments and just answer the question asked of you instead of making false accusations and innuendo about nothing that even comes close to my original statement "who told you all this?" and what is this god& bible preoccupation you keep dwelling on, and as for me being judgmental its hard to judge someone who talks in riddles.its best left to those qualified
    Colleen

    Moderator
    I suggest you stop demanding and telling me what to do. I do not need to answer to you. I answered the question asked by Jh. I've made no false accusations or innuendos. I speak clearly and directly. Your words back up my comments. Your rants are not worth my time. Have a good night cuke.
    cucumber

    if you evade the question through obvious lack of knowledge perhaps you should stick to comments that are more comfortable for you to back up
    Colleen

    Moderator
    Nice try. Psychology 101. Even 6th graders know that one. Not going to work though. I do not have to answer to you. I'm quite comfortable speaking to people who do not attack first and ask questions later. You lose. Your not worth my time.

    I suggest you drop the onslaught. You're not as good as others who have attacked me.
    cucumber

    well! why bother with this site if someone with a question" is not worth your time"? I am sorry and disappointed that you are in possession of an attack complex that does not exist for my part
    Colleen

    Moderator
    I have hundreds of other reasons besides you to bother with this site. You started off on the wrong foot. You climbed up on a pedestal and reigned down on me. This is what you get back. Think twice before you go on the attack next time.
    cucumber

    what is this indecent obsession about attacking,perhaps reliance on muzzling anyone with fair comment is status quo for some.maybe lessons in restraining ones belief"s might lead to better and more knowledgeable understanding back to my original comment... cucumber who told you all this? what next! seven years bad luck if you break a mirror
    cucumber

    this veggie is about to leave the building
    Colleen

    Moderator
    Hahahaha, you're hilarious. Did someone pay you to do this? I have no interest in discussing my beliefs with you. I caught your attitude from the start. My words would be wasted on you. Give it up. I have 19 people who have agreed with my comments and then there is you.......... Sorry, it's more fun to frustrate demanding, pushy people : )
    Colleen

    Moderator
    "-35 cucumber voted down your answer in which you said: "Tell him he made a mistake and..."

    See you in 3 days cucumber. We do not use the thumbs down to "get even with". I just checked your age. Hard to believe you are actually a year older than me. 51 is too old for being such a pout.

    From the page about karma as written by the administrators: "The karma points system is not intended for resolving personal conflicts between members."

    Darci13

    For cripes sake what is cucumber's problem?????? Nothing to do with the question just on his big old soap box screaming willy nilly to Colleen about things he is doing and trying to mirror them onto Colleen? Don't understand you Cucumber?????
    Jenn

    There are plenty of answers on here that obviously don't coincide with your view.... Why is it you choose to ATTACK Colleen? Sounds like you are the one pulling rabbits out of your ASS.
    country bumpkin

    Moderator
    Cucumber: I don't see anywhere in here where Colleen caused you to go off like this. You're demanding that she anwser your questions and explain her beliefs to you. She politely told you that she does not want to disguss them with you and now you're attacking her for it. She has not been pushing her beliefs. If you will read her answers again, you will see "I" in most of what she says in meaning this is how she believes for herself and not everyone else. Colleen gives people the room to talk and say how they feel. You will never find a more fair moderator on this site. You did not have a problem with her untill recently. Has someone been been feeding you a bunch of bull shot? You're a nut job and you need to pull that green vegetable out of your a$$.
    ROMOS

    Hey cucumber man/woman/whatever,have you got gall bladder problems? Because you,ve sure got a lot of bile to get out of your system.I can,t seem to see a problem in anything Colleen has been saying to you, now or in the past. You appear from nowhere and start a tirade of abuse against someone elses beliefs. Colleen believes in what she does because she is committed to her own belief as I,m sure are you, this does not give you an excuse to ridicule her stance on free speech and what she believes. I would advise you to stop this stupidity now to avoid making a bigger fool of yourself and whatever you believe in...KOTF.

    Hand the cash back to the cashier and say I'd paid with the exact amount.  figtree3 has a good answer! :D

    Colleen

    Moderator
    I don't agree with the answer. An honest mistake, why make fun of the kid?
    Bob/PKB

    "Have fun with" not at the expense of. Good-natured, not malicious.
    Colleen

    Moderator
    Still pointing out a mistake in a teasing manner and causing added embarrassment. You do not know the kids sensitivities. Might even make him cry.
    Bob/PKB

    ....and maybe it is a set-up by 20/20 to see how honest people are nowadays.
    Colleen

    Moderator
    Come on really? Are you this paranoid that you believe conspiracy is in the local grocery store in the guise of a teenager? I know you believe that the tape of the Marines urinating on the dead Taliban soldiers could be a fake but a $5.00 set up by a store to test people for honesty? Hmmm.
    Bob/PKB

    I must apologize for not knowing the correct name of the "news" show that stages scenarios and records how people react to them. There was the couple in the restaurant who were arguing loudly, him being abusive in his remarks. There were the children left in the middle of the sidewalk, "crying" for Mom. Comparisons of responses based on sex, age, race.
    It's not "paranoid", Colleen, and it is not a "conspiracy". It's another option to your perception.

    Colleen

    Moderator
    OK, you are talking about a controlled TV show, not real life. This was a mistake by a cashier, no more, no less and not something he should be teased over. That was my point. But Jh now says she "let him have it both barrels" and he laughed so good on him. It would be nice if people here told the full story from the beginning, not just snippets. Opinions could be better established then.
    afday61

    Honestly one comment from Colleen,then let it go Colleen ,move on.....
    Colleen

    Moderator
    I let it go and moved on a whole year ago. Why would you post this to a year old question?
    Bob/PKB

    Actually, I let it go and moved on a year ago.
    Had I continued to respond, this thread, and several others we have had, could still be going.
    No offense meant, Colleen, but your tenacity is sometimes best diffused by letting you make the last comment.
    I had no problem passing by Annie's comment, much as it echoed my thoughts, but the gauntlet has to be carried....why, I do not know. Two dollars says Annie doesn't add another comment here.
    Colleen

    Moderator
    She spoke to me. Stands to reason you would or should ignore it. I reply to people who comment directly to me. Now can we let it go?

    Give it back, it could mean his job. He made a mistake, easy to do, when,  often that kind of job involves multitasking, and he might have been young and inexperienced.  Wouldn't you appreciate someone doing that for you??  I know I would, and actually have!  This  happened to me, years ago. And I suppose I was drawing on my own experience, but I was distracted mentally with the phone ringing, a co-worker asking me a question, another customer rudely trying to get my attention and another customer waiting for me to free up so they could fill out a credit application, and I had to go pee!  We're only human, and we have to treat each other as such!

     Money Give it back every time!





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    I was standing in a shop only 3 weeks ago and I saw a lady drop a $10 note,she went to pick it up and I said thanks I just dropped that.


    I am joking for goodness sake, ooh we are touchy to-day.


    No, she went to walk away and I picked the note up ( and ran away) and said to her "Would like to go me halves in this/" she said "No" so I said "Oh in that case you had better have the lot because you just dropped it".


    Sh had no idea she had dropped it and was appreciative of my honesty.

    I would give it back. This happens to me all of the time. Give it back and the balance will be reset, otherwise you'll feel out of sorts about it. By asking the question you clearly feel the balance is off.  Not that I wish to start a religious diatribe but my religion does not have a - talk to your god and he will forgive you policy. We die with every sin we commit and are weighed in the balance. Makes you think long and hard before you wish to commit a sin.

    facebook

    Your not save by good works but by the Grace of GOD.
    witchway

    facebook, I'm not asking or seeking to be saved and I'm just fine in my relationship with my deities, although I'm touched by your sweet concerns. Thanks!

    I agree with the general consensus, this has happened to me several times and I don't hesitate,to give the money back, nor do I if I am short changed, which has also happened several times

    Ducky

    Moderator
    I agree. I think that these things happen on a regular basis...too bad that honesty has become something "wonderful". It should just be the norm.

    I want to give a very gracious Thank You to our moderator for standing up to  all the cyber bullys on this site including Umbriel. He has stood out on this site for months now but more for his insulting comments than for his positive imput. I for one have been the victim of his insults time and time again and I have seen his insults to other members of this forum on a regular basis. This forum was designed to help people, not to toy with people and I feel this is the main reason  for him being here. 

    Colleen

    Moderator
    No, there is no mechanism to speak directly to each other and if you're going to say " I may (or may not) give answer", then there's no point in suggesting a line of communication to discuss the issue, is there?
    Ducky

    Moderator
    @country bumpkin..Umbriel has attacked my "handle" also. He is very arrogant and rude, often referring to others as "fools" along with other derogatory names! I notice though, that when it comes to very young, female questioners, he then becomes "very sweet and helpful" and his responses are extremely creepy! I'm sure that we cannot be the only ones to notice that Umbriel is a bully and more!
    FISH-O

    This is a comical game for Umbriel. He is the only one who knows the punch line and the rules.
    The Moon of Uranus... the planet that makes every child but Umbriel laugh at in Science class...
    Ur anus! How is that for a handle?
    Umbriel is the darkest and largest moon of Uranus. There are 27.
    We had to memorize all of them. Between the laughing that is.
    Now orange you glad I didn't say banana!?!

    What if the amount were $500 or $5000 or $50000 in YOUR favor?  Would the answer still be the same?  Keep the thread going so we see who says what.


     

    Colleen

    Moderator
    Yes, emphatically. Even if I were broke. Actually I was broke on one of the occasions that I found a purse with money. I saw it as a moral test then, would see it the same even today.
    jhharlan

    That's what kept going through my mind, "test". I gave back the money........
    Chiangmai

    Thanks, colleen and jhharlan. I truly appreciate your honesty, especially Colleen's courage when you're down and out or flat broke....If I could, let me push one more button: what if you're in Sudan with 4 starving children and you knew that $5 would feed your dying children for 3 days? Dilemma: take the money so your kids could live a few more days, or give it back? I know, I know, not the best question but hey, this is a global forum. Thanks!
    Colleen

    Moderator
    I'd still give it back. If my kids were that bad off that they were starving and dying, they would need a hospital more than food since their stomachs would probably not be able to handle food at that point. Besides, only 3 days worth of food would not save their lives.
    Chiangmai

    Thank you, Colleen. I would choose to save my children any day, if confronted with the same situation. I probably would or could do a lot more to ensure their survivability.
    Colleen

    Moderator
    I would not have them in that position in the first place. ;)
    Chiangmai

    I would have little choice if I were living in Sudan with my 4 starving children. It's a lot easier for me to be moral when I have everything I need in this country.
    Colleen

    Moderator
    OK Chia, you and I would do things differently. I understand life differently than you do. I'm not a cold, unfeeling person. I just understand life differently. You asked I answered. I'm done. :)
    You can wait for others to step up and be honest now. Wonder where they are............
    pioneer2

    Yes. The same answer. Give it back.
    afday61

    4 starving children in Sudan, I would not think twice in such a desperate situation, this is about survival not being polite and honest.I would take the money and provide for my family, and pray for understanding.I would also try to help others with the money.

    Always best to be honest, I would give it back.

    go back asap they have to tally their tills up after every shift, also be careful and watch they don't cover the total screens up, many shops do, it's a trick, sometimes they give you two receipts to confuse you, (old trick i've got caught. (in the uk they ask do you want cash back with your shop and they pretend to forget to give you the money, i don't think you cvan do anything now but this is just a few cons out there especially the coin and note switch. hope this helps Lee from South Wales (celt) UK. (if they undercharged you) (if they've over charged you then think of my above answer.)

    All of you are entitled to get an A for your answers.  Let's move on to another question.  This question has brought the worst out of some of us.  Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez.

    FISH-O

    :)Jeez Louise and Cupcakes already!

    laugh! Then give it back..though once the cashier refused to take it.  I tried.

    Julie, you should have given the money back right a way but it's better nevert than later. This is what every/any honest member of a civil society should do regardles of  his/her religion or no religion.

    jhharlan

    I didn't realized the mistake until I got home, I went right back though and we both laughed about it....
    valR

    You knew what was the right thing to do as soon as you realised what happened and I am not surprised. Nevertheless you posted this rhetorical Q and look what happened...

    I have my true personal story that involved a much larger sum of money but I will at this point keep it to myself.

    Is this a hypothetical Q or it just happened to you?

    jhharlan

    It really happened to me....

    Ill gained  money does not bring luck.

    At the present moment, I just might say "Your welcome." But these days I don't think that I could take it, I would definitely have a good time with them,ie.."If you want to give me $5.00, I think that it should come out of your own pocket!"

    Colleen

    Moderator
    Not really nice to make fun of him.
    jhharlan

    Where I shop, it's fitting. I let him have it with both barrels and we both laughed........
    Colleen

    Moderator
    Well good that he could take it. I've seen cashiers cry from making a mistake.
    figtree3

    He can take it, his name is Hypo.
    Hypothetical!
    Colleen

    Moderator
    Wrong context when you are directing someone concerning a real live person.
    figtree3

    I answered the question, "What would I do?"
    There is no con in my text.
    Colleen

    Moderator
    Hypo..wrong context for what you wanted to use the word for.

    i would give it back.

    To keep the money would be no different to putting your hand in the till when they were not looking. Theft



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