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Solon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-17-06 07:54 PM
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18. This reminds me of a story...
OK, I was working a clearance tent for Wal-Mart in the front lot of the store. Hot, muggy, about the size and shape of a fireworks tent, and in the summer heat, ugh I hated that. Anyways, one day a customer came up to me and told me he found a wallet on the ground, so he gave it to me, all I did was flip it open to look at the license, so if the person who lost it showed up, I would be able to identify him. I did NOT want to hold onto the wallet, I followed procedure, I told a co-worker to hold the fort and then went inside the store and handed off the wallet to the Cash Office, they are closed off from the rest of the store, and was also secure. As soon as I re-enter the tent, the guy in the picture from the driver's license storms into the tent and is in a near panic, I approach him, and told him I found the wallet, he then informs me that it had 500 dollars in cash in it. I wasn't aware of it, I never opened it up completely, ignorance is the best policy. So I escorted him to the Cash office, with the Driver's license, it was easy to identify him, and so he got it back, with not a dime nor credit card missing.

So, he follows me back out to the clearance tent, insisting that he give me some money to, 50 bucks, for keeping the wallet safe. I refused, at first, but I will say he was insistant, bear in mind that my acceptance of ANY gratuity from a customer is an instant termination offense. So, seeing that he wouldn't feel right not giving me anything, I even told him about the customer who actually found the wallet, but that guy was long gone. So, seeing that the outside camera was on me, I escorted him to just outside its sight and accepted the money, I honestly didn't really care, even though, for a Wal-Mart associate, 50 bucks is a LOT of money. I didn't get in trouble for it, and what Wal-Mart doesn't know won't hurt them. To be honest, I never knew till he told me, how much money was in it, and it wouldn't have really made a difference, he was glad I was honest, but really, I just did what I thought anyone else would have done. Plus, I can't take all the credit, the customer who found the wallet was just as honest, and also did what he thought was best, that's the best anyone can do.

Not to mention I'm honest to a fault, its actually embarrasing, OK, another story, and this one stupid, one time I stopped at the gas station to grab some cigs and some bubble gum. I went to the aisle with the bubble gum in it, grabbed the 25 cent pack, the really small one, and stuck it in my pocket without thinking, I then paid for the cigs at the counter. When I went out to the car and fished for my keys, I felt the package, and went back into the store and paid the damned quarter. I was distracted that day, and wasn't really paying attention to what I was doing, to be honest, I don't know what was more stupid, the fact that I stuck the gum in my pocket without thinking, or the fact that I actually went in and owned up to that fact and paid for it.

One last story, and then I'm done, I was working my normal department, Lawn and Garden, at my store, and one day, going down the aisles, I found a 20 dollar bill just laying in the middle of an aisle. Instead of doing what a NORMAL person would do, I stuck the thing at the bottom of the cash drawer in the cash register in the department. Since it had no name attached, I could, rightfully, claim it as my own, I couldn't really hand it to the cash office, nor just stick it in the cash register as an extra 20 dollars, we get reprimanded if the drawer balance is off by more than 5 dollars, either when short or over. So I stuck it underneath the bill and change holder, where the cheques and big bills go, the bill was safe enough there. My dept. manager basically said, wait till the end of your shift, see if anyone comes around and asks for a missing 20 dollar bill, if they do, give it to them. Well, by the end of my shift, about 7 hours later, no one came to claim it, so I pocketed it, finder's keepers. Don't know if its moral, but the best under the circumstances I believe.
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