I went out and bought a Nintendo DS this week, and a bunch of games.
Got home, looked at the receipt and the total on it seemed way low. Closer examination shows that the clerk did not ring me up for the DS.
I have a real dilemma now. On one hand SCORE I got a free DS! On the other hand I like to think of myself as an honest and basically decent person and this is sort of a test of that. On the other hand - Free DS!
I suppose this would be determined by how well you handle guilt.
You could rationalize it by saying, “Hey, BigFacelessCorporation doesn’t really need my $100 (or howevermuch they cost) anyway. Oh, and Free DS!” Also, I’m sure the cost of fuckup-per-week by mongoloid-worker is taken into account.
On the other hand, if you’re going to be feeling like a shit every time you play it, I’d go fork over the dinero.
Actually they don’t know what happened to it. So no one gets fired. However if you bring it to thier atention that the cashier screwed up, then someone will likely get fired. So think of not telling them as saving someones job. ;)
No, I’m sorry man, I was just joking. I wouldn’t worry about that. They could come down on the cashier if there was a receipt for it and the cash was not in the drawer, but if it did not get rung up at all, nothing like that should happen.
Sorry, I was just having fun. I do not think you have to worry about anyone in the store; it is basically just an ethics question for you personally.
He might be fired if he has done this before, but I don’t see a first time occurence like this leading to termination. So if it’s his first time, no big deal. If it’s not, then he probably deserves to be fired.
I’m not. He’ll get put on probation at the very least. Loss prevention and all that.
I once pointed out a mistake that an Austin Fry’s clerk was making while processing my return that would have ended up with me begin $200 richer. He was very thankful for me pointing out the mistake, because if it had gone through he’d be fired. “Fired? For a mistake like that that ANYONE could have made?” “Yeah. They’ll fire you for even less.”
It is a pretty black and white issue. It is wrong to keep it for free. You already knew this before you asked.
The real question you are asking is to quantify the amount of ‘wrong’ of keeping this item and is this amount of wrong, judged by your peers sufficient enough to make you feel like a bad person for keeping this item for free.
Justifications of keeping the item because it really protects the cashier, are really there just to make you feel better and trying to convince yourself that you are doing ‘good’, or perhaps balancing the karmic books by saving some other person some problems by keeping the item you desire to have for free. No matter how you spin it, it really is all about you and not really about helping some cashier out.