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Thread: Honesty isn't in the manual

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    I had to laugh at what happened to me at the grocery store yesterday.
    I used my bank card to pay at the "self check out", and selected to receive $40 extra in change.
    The machine spit out $60.
    So I showed the young lady who was working that line and tried to hand the extra $20 back to her.
    She said "you want to give it back?"
    I said "Yes. It's not mine".
    She called 2 people on her store phone but no one appeared. Maybe they thought it was a prank?
    So after waiting 5 min. and holding up the Saturday crowd I suggested we go to the Service Desk.
    The lady there needed to hear the story twice. Then she paged the manager, and in the meantime she's looking in the computer for instructions on how to process this. She looked and looked but there was nothing there to help her.

    They all looked at my receipt to see if I really only asked for $40 back (their machine only offers $20 and $40!!), we kept waiting for the manager, I had to fill out a paper about why I was returning this (why? it's not a product that I bought there).
    They ran the "conterfeit" tester thing over it to see if I was some shady funny money pusher.
    Are they kidding? They think I copied this on my pc?
    So I continued to wait.
    One of them said "You're very honest". And the others looked at me like they couldn't believe this was happening. And I also got some looks like "just take it and run, dummy".

    Finally they decided to take my name, address, phone number and said they'd get back to me about what to do. At first they said I should take the $20 with me, but I said "I could have just done that and avoided all this".
    So they got an envelope and wrote alot of info and the date etc on the outside, sealed the trouble making $20 inside it, and put it in a drawer. They said if no one claimed it in
    48 hrs I could come back and get it.
    All of this took at least a half hour.
    That's OK. It wasn't mine. I had to give it back. But boy what a hassle. It'd been easier (and quicker) to rob them outright. :)

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    that is so funny!!

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    No good deed goes unpunished!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    No good deed goes unpunished!
    :) :) That's funny

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    Honesty is becoming so obsolete that people don't know how to handle it. That's a shame.

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    It's crazy isn't it. I got an extra 20 (after hours) at a teller machine at the bank one time. I had to go back the next day, go inside, and explain what had happened. Got kindof the same runaround (including the fake money test). Talked to 3 different people before I finally got someone to take the money back. I think they're genuinely baffled why you do the right thing.

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    Make sure your account wasn't actually charged the $60.00 and not the $40.000 that you requested. Even if the machine only offers $20.00 or $40.00.

    It is a shame that with modern technology we have such problems. So much for how great computer systems are. In the 'olden' days .... well, things were sometimes so much easier.

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    I see the other side of this - where people expect to be rewarded and hailed as a hero for doing the right thing. Where did everything turn upside-down like that? Was I taking a nap or something?

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    Integrity is in short supply, isn't it? I'm always amazed that doing the right thing is considered an oddity. The store manager should have exhibited good customer service, short-circuited that long process for you and thanked you for your honesty and figured out the rest of the process of crediting the money back to the cash drawer without you hanging around. I mean, your ice cream could have been melting! Good for you for not caving in and seeing the process to the end. A good lesson for everyone involved.

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    Isn't that just plain too funny!!! When I was muuuuuch younger, I went to the bank to cash my check and when I got home I realized that the bank gave me $50 too much. Well, there was a coat that I wanted that cost that much. Hummm!! Oh well, off to the bank I went. Went inside and asked for the girl at the window, thinking her drawer would be short, right? When she came over, she just gave me this look and said you could've kept it! :shock: Boy, there just went my coat!!! Try to do something nice!!!! :roll:

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    Well Done!

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    Well, I'm proud of you! Maybe it would have been easer to keep it, but you were honest, and you can hold your head up that you did the right thing!

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    Just remember that Karma can be a good thing - it will pay off later. Sorry for the runaround, but thank you doing the right thing.

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    If no one claims it????? Who could claim it????
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    Yup- I believe in Karma too :D You are the person I would love to have find something I lost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    If no one claims it????? Who could claim it????
    They said maybe a person who used that particular self check out before me had not taken their $20 that they asked for.
    Actually I just got a phone call about an hour after I posted this story, saying someone had come in today and said they didn't get their $20. So they gave them the $20 I'd given back.
    Now I don't want to be suspicious but he could have overheard the goings-on while I was at the Service Desk (there were several people there....customers and employees) and just decided to come back and say it was him. How can they prove it? Did he bring his reciept? How does that prove it didn't get his $20 yesterday and just came back for this $20?
    Anyway, my bank won't update my Sat. activity till Mon. morning so I'll check. If it's down $60 from the grocery they told me to bring a copy of my statement and they'll give me $20. So I'm not worried. I did the right thing and that's all that matters to me. If someone falsely said the $20 was theirs they'll have to answer for it someday. Not me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric-holic
    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    If no one claims it????? Who could claim it????
    They said maybe a person who used that particular self check out before me had not taken their $20 that they asked for.
    Actually I just got a phone call about an hour after I posted this story, saying someone had come in today and said they didn't get their $20. So they gave them the $20 I'd given back.
    Now I don't want to be suspicious but he could have overheard the goings-on while I was at the Service Desk (there were several people there....customers and employees) and just decided to come back and say it was him. How can they prove it? Did he bring his reciept? How does that prove it didn't get his $20 yesterday and just came back for this $20?
    Anyway, my bank won't update my Sat. activity till Mon. morning so I'll check. If it's down $60 from the grocery they told me to bring a copy of my statement and they'll give me $20. So I'm not worried. I did the right thing and that's all that matters to me. If someone falsely said the $20 was theirs they'll have to answer for it someday. Not me.
    I bet it was somebody from the quilt board!!!!! :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Quote Originally Posted by fabric-holic
    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    If no one claims it????? Who could claim it????
    They said maybe a person who used that particular self check out before me had not taken their $20 that they asked for.
    Actually I just got a phone call about an hour after I posted this story, saying someone had come in today and said they didn't get their $20. So they gave them the $20 I'd given back.
    Now I don't want to be suspicious but he could have overheard the goings-on while I was at the Service Desk (there were several people there....customers and employees) and just decided to come back and say it was him. How can they prove it? Did he bring his reciept? How does that prove it didn't get his $20 yesterday and just came back for this $20?
    Anyway, my bank won't update my Sat. activity till Mon. morning so I'll check. If it's down $60 from the grocery they told me to bring a copy of my statement and they'll give me $20. So I'm not worried. I did the right thing and that's all that matters to me. If someone falsely said the $20 was theirs they'll have to answer for it someday. Not me.
    I bet it was somebody from the quilt board!!!!! :lol: :lol:
    You are so funny. But really, people who do the right thing are in the minority now. Or maybe they are not the ones we hear about. Sad isn't it.

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    well done, sorry it took them time to figure this out and wasted your time

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    Absolutely correct that doing the right thing is in the minority. A few of us at work have been having this discussion in the last few weeks. When did this change start? So sad that it takes extra effort when your trying to do the right thing.

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    There was $60 sitting in a bank machine one early morning when I went in to use it. At first, I thought "gee, I can't use the machine, the last person isn't finished", and I went outside to look for that person but the area was deserted. So, I guiltily took the money and set in on the side while I did my business but still no one had come back. I didn't think leaving it there was a good idea, so I kept it and when the bank opened, took it in and tried to turn it in. They didn't want it, wouldn't even think of looking at the security tape to see who had used the machine before me, but did take my name and number in case someone came in. I held that money separately for a month and still feel sorry for whoever didn't claim it.

    As for honesty - how many of you have seen that Ikea ad where the woman is running crazily from the store yelling "start the car, start the car!" because she thinks they undercharged her? Isn't that exactly what we're talking about?

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    This happened to my husband and me once at a store. We purchased several items and when we got home, we realized that they didn't charge us for an expensive piece of software. We called the store because we lived about thirty miles away on an island. We asked if we could pay for it over the phone. They said we would have to bring the item back in and pay for it in person. We asked if they would compensate us (with a discount) for our time and gas to come back to pay for it since we did not need to go off island again for quite awhile. (It was their clerk's error, not ours.) They said they could not, but that they expected us to pay for it. My husband, who was getting ready to deploy for three months, told them he would come back and pay for it when he got back from his deployment. Three and a half months later, we drove back to the store and the clerks just looked at us funny and said not to worry about it because they didn't have it in their system anymore. Aargh! We tried.

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    Thank you being honest.
    I don't use 'self check out'. I think this machine has replaced a real person. A person that no longer has a job and can provide income for their family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Quote Originally Posted by fabric-holic
    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    If no one claims it????? Who could claim it????
    They said maybe a person who used that particular self check out before me had not taken their $20 that they asked for.
    Actually I just got a phone call about an hour after I posted this story, saying someone had come in today and said they didn't get their $20. So they gave them the $20 I'd given back.
    Now I don't want to be suspicious but he could have overheard the goings-on while I was at the Service Desk (there were several people there....customers and employees) and just decided to come back and say it was him. How can they prove it? Did he bring his reciept? How does that prove it didn't get his $20 yesterday and just came back for this $20?
    Anyway, my bank won't update my Sat. activity till Mon. morning so I'll check. If it's down $60 from the grocery they told me to bring a copy of my statement and they'll give me $20. So I'm not worried. I did the right thing and that's all that matters to me. If someone falsely said the $20 was theirs they'll have to answer for it someday. Not me.
    I bet it was somebody from the quilt board!!!!! :lol: :lol:
    Marsye, it wasn't me. I didn't do it. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Yup- I believe in Karma too :D You are the person I would love to have find something I lost.
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    My thoughts Exactly!

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