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Old 05-07-2009, 11:08 AM   #1
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Lowe's, witnesses, and 20 bucks...

Yesterday, Cain and I were at Lowe's purchasing new locks and new address numbers for the new house. Third in line I watched the gentleman at the self checkout pick up his purchases and forget to take the two ten dollar bills the machine spit out into the slot under the scanner.

The guy in from of us, who I assumed would say something as we were hanging back since there are four self checkouts, looked at the money, looked at him and let him walk away.... until he looked around to see if anyone had seen.

He turned and looked around. He directly looked at me and when I realized he was contemplating not saying anything, I opened my mouth to call the gentleman back for his $20. This guy then went about doing the right thing and grabbed the store clerk who ran toward the door to call the man who'd forgotten his change back.

I was amazed. It only takes $20 to make an honest man, dishonest.... and a witness to make a dishonest man, honest.

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Old 05-07-2009, 11:15 AM   #2
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I gave up on assuming other people will do the right thing anymore..... So I've decided to take a different approach... I make it happen whenever I get a chance.

Keep them honest or embarras them into compliance.

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Old 05-07-2009, 11:17 AM   #3
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Keep them honest or embarras them into compliance.
Well... Even that doesn't work every time!

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Well... Even that doesn't work every time!

You're correct, it's not 100% but it sure gets most of them. The hardcore elements have a way of working themselves out in other ways.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:56 AM   #5
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that guy was a jackass, but thankfully you had enough sense to do the right thing. there are a lot of people who would see this unfold and just stand there. on behalf of the customer who left his $20, thank you for being a decent human being.
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Old 05-07-2009, 02:10 PM   #6
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reminds me of the other day at the grocery store
guy in front of me dropped $40
I gave it back to him and he wanted me to keep it for being a good citizen
funny guy, glad I gave it back to him
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Shoot. Since starting to work at the dealership, I've had THREE people back into my Subaru (bright white- kinda hard to miss!). Each of them was a service customer, and each time, with help from my service manager, I was able to track down whodunit. Two refused to acknowledge it was them, even though they were the only ones who parked in that lot. The third at least apologized, but didn't have any $ to fix it. It's a start... Mark W.
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Yesterday, Cain and I were at Lowe's purchasing new locks and new address numbers for the new house. Third in line I watched the gentleman at the self checkout pick up his purchases and forget to take the two ten dollar bills the machine spit out into the slot under the scanner.

The guy in from of us, who I assumed would say something as we were hanging back since there are four self checkouts, looked at the money, looked at him and let him walk away.... until he looked around to see if anyone had seen.

He turned and looked around. He directly looked at me and when I realized he was contemplating not saying anything, I opened my mouth to call the gentleman back for his $20. This guy then went about doing the right thing and grabbed the store clerk who ran toward the door to call the man who'd forgotten his change back.

I was amazed. It only takes $20 to make an honest man, dishonest.... and a witness to make a dishonest man, honest.
Depends how you are raised Tiny, my parents raised me to do the right thing sadly had you guys not been there that guy would have pocketed the money.
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Two years ago during Christmas the checkout girl at Walmart forgot to ring up a dvd/vcr player something like $125.00. We went back in to pay for it being the honest people we are , She ended up getting fired for it due to their over $50.00 mistake policy . so our being honest cost that girl her job. Kinda bummed out our day.
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Two years ago during Christmas the checkout girl at Walmart forgot to ring up a dvd/vcr player something like $125.00. We went back in to pay for it being the honest people we are , She ended up getting fired for it due to their over $50.00 mistake policy . so our being honest cost that girl her job. Kinda bummed out our day.
That is sad. Everyone is capable of making a mistake. Especially doing retail during the holidays. Everyone is so rushed and frazzeld by everything they have to do anyway on top of the extra work they cannot be perfect.

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