The Ethical Dilemma of Receiving Too Much Change
It just happened to me this afternoon: After punching in my order at Super Tacos & Bakery, the cashier took my ten spot and gave me back $3.65, which was exactly three dollars too much. I stood there with the singles in my hand and thought what I always do in these situations: Oh my God, free money! A cheap lunch! Extra cash in my pocket! Today's my lucky day!
Then after five seconds of these flash thoughts, the guilt and responsibility kicked in: It is wrong to keep this money! It's like stealing! The cashier will probably have to cover the shortage herself! Give it back, you meat head!
I gave it back.
The cashier was very grateful, even though it was only three dollars.
I go through this same emotional rollercoaster every time. What about you?
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