365 days of 35 is a blog where a young woman shares lessons, worries, random thoughts, stories, unsolicited advice, and hopes for the future as she lives through her 35th year.
Monday, April 30, 2012
DAY 278: THE ETHICAL PURSE
I’d admired my friend’s shiny gold Michael Kors satchel bag for months. So when I saw the smaller version of that bag in the nickel color at T.J. Maxx this past weekend, I bought it. Well “bought” is an interesting word to describe my experience.
I shopped the store for a while finding more and more items.When I finally lugged three pairs of shoes, a pair of pajamas and the purse to the checkout counter I’d created a small mountain of goods between me and the checkout person.He rung up my purchases and I gave him my credit card.Normal transaction, right?Wrong.When I checked my receipt later I noticed that he didn’t charge me for the purse.He’d removed the security sensor from it, but he forgot (I presume) to ring it up.I’d left there with a free bag!
It wasn’t that much of an ethical dilemma. I knew I had to go back there and pay for it, even though I really didn’t want to. Of course I wanted to keep it without being charged for it, but that was wrong. When I went back the next day, my unpaid for purse in tow, I asked for the store’s manager. I explained the situation to her and she couldn’t believe I had brought back the purse and wanted to pay for it. Come again? She was flabbergasted that I didn’t take the purse and run. She told me I was “the nicest person” and that “good karma would be coming my way.” At least I’ll be using a really cool purse when that karma finally gets here…