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My Integrity Challenge

How far does honesty go?

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Visitor Comments: 26

(26) MASBH"Y, January 15, 2013 4:13 PM

Stealing is stealing...

My mother, z"l, always impressed upon us that "stealing is stealing, whether it's five cents or a nickel [sic]" There have been many many times when I have gone back to a store (sometimes a day or two later, when noticed) to report an error in my favor, and turn over the amount due. One period in our lives when this happened quite often was when we were a Niielsen family, and therefore had to scan every grocery item by hand at home and report the price paid. I frequently found the store having made mistakes (charging for the wrong type of produce, leaving off an item from the bill, etc), sometimes in my favor, sometimes in theirs, but I always went back and corrected the mistake. And yes, I often had my children in tow as well. Does it feel good? absolutely. But it's also the correct way to behave.

(25) Iris Moskovitz, January 13, 2013 4:56 AM

Reminded me of an incident from years ago I experienced.

Years ago, I purchased a blouse that was quite elaborate , for a wedding, at 70.00. When I came home and looked at my receipt,, the total charged was 70cents!!!!I returned to the store the following day, and showed the receipt with the obvious error. The saleslady could not believe I went out of my way, to try to pay the correct amount. She told me it was their mistake, and I should enjoy my amazing deal of the century.

(24) Claude R Schwesig, January 12, 2013 10:23 PM

Honesty Not the Best Policy

A number of years ago, I came to realize that honesty is NOT the best policy - it is the ONLY policy. Dishonesty and all its derivatives are not really policies, but perversions, misunderstandings of what is right........something to think about!

(23) Joshua, January 10, 2013 10:03 PM

Seeking opportunity

Keep your lamps burning and do not let your light go out.

(22) Anonymous, January 10, 2013 5:08 AM

No, never again

So at Safeway near my house there is a bank of checkouts. After I checked out, I realised that the purchases for my mother, about $25 worth, I hadn't paid for. I intended to pay for them myself but I had separated them from my family's food because I was going to her place straight after I dropped our family food off. Well, I went back, and the clerk said, Oh look EVERYONE, this lady has brought ALL these items back that didn't get paid for, isn't she WONDERFUL???' That was embarrassing. really really embarrassing. I have never corrected an error in my favour again. I would send in one of my children and now I'll send in one of my grandchildren to do the embarrasing deed. :)

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