I have a friend, well an acquaintance really, who did a pretty shady thing the other day. We were at a burrito shop ordering food. My buddy paid for his $5 burrito with a $20 bill. He collected his change and went to grab a table. As he went to put the change in his wallet he noticed something funny. He had a little over $24 in his hands. He had been given an incorrect amount of change back, $10 more to be exact. Yes, he is a bad friend.
So what did this acquaintance do. He bragged to me that it must be his lucky day and put the $24 in his pocket. Umm, excuse me dude, but isn’t that stealing? It’s pretty clear the guy meant to give you $14 back, but accidentally gave you a $20 instead of a $10. While homeboy was beaming like a middle school girl at a Justin Beiber concert, I was just angry. How could he put the money in his wallet?
So guess what I did, I confronted him. Kudos to me right? Wrong. I only get partial kudos. Sure, I confronted him for stealing and told him to go get proper change, but that is all I did. He argued with me saying “It’s not his fault they made a mistake” and “The shop gets so much business $10 isn’t gonna kill them.” He was either too stubborn or too STUPID to see his immorality. Instead of cause a scene, I just stopped talking about it and proceeded to eat my delicious french fry filled burrito of epic glory.
But now, I sit here wondering, Did I do enough? Should I have pushed my friend harder to do the right thing? Should I have told the cashier about the mistake so he could take matters in to his own hands? Should I have called the SWAT team and told them I was eating lunch with a big jerk face?
Instead of stand up for morality, I avoided confrontation. Well not any more! You hear that Mr. Burrito Shop Stealing guy? I’m not scared of you. Try and pull that crap again when I’m around and I’ll rat you out.
Have any of you ever received more than you should have (too much change, a large drink when you paid for a small, etc)? Have you ever wanted to confront someone who you know is blurring the line of morality? Have you, ever done anything sketchy like this?
I remember one time, when I was in middle school, I went to the local dollar store with a friend. This friend had sticky fingers and was in the mood for stealing some candy (I know, I have to get me some new friends). We got to the candy aisle and I made sure all was clear, yes I was the lookout for this epic heist. Although I was way to big of a chicken to ever steal anything myself, it didn’t stop me from pointing out the candy I wanted my friend to steal for me. That’s right, I’m responsible for the theft of a Kit Kat bar and a piece of Bubble Yum from the Dollar Tree in Seattle, WA. I hope the candy gods above will find it in their heart to forgive me, and if they don’t, oh well, it was one darn good candy bar. I have a feeling I’m not the only one who has Quasi-stole something. Care to throw yourself under the bus with me? Do you have any bad friends?