Last fall I was with my oldest grandson. He had spent the night as Jason and Nikki had a baseball tournament. It was also the weekend of my granddaughters birthday. I wanted to take Bailey to get him a new pair of shoes and wanted to let him pick out his own gift for Trinity. It was pouring rain and it felt more like October than late August. We went shopping and got everything done but were at a very high risk of barely getting there on time. We were both hungry so I stopped at McDonald’s. Even just going through the drive through, I got drenched. Bailey ordered a Happy Meal with chicken nuggets. So, we are just starting for home and he said “grandma, there are no nuggets in there” so I asked him if it was okay with him if he just had my hamburger and he said it was. We continued on our happy way.
Later at the party, I reached into my jeans because I felt something in there. I never put things in my pants pockets and wondered why it felt funny. I had shoved my change in there. I took it out and there was $13 and some loose change and I just stood there with a weird feeling. I had given her a $10 and she gave me change for a $20. My immediate response was that of sadness that I didn’t count my change before I left. I would never had taken that money. I wouldn’t even have given it a second thought about keeping it and to this day, I feel bad for that cashier. They are all just young kids trying to earn spending money. I thought about going back but by then I even wondered if that young girl was working or if she’d get in trouble. It was pouring rain and I was at my granddaughters birthday party. I wasn’t going to leave. Then I thought, I didn’t even get my chicken nuggets, I’m not going back. Stupid rationale I know but I did feel bad.
But…….I still did feel bad. Then later on, maybe two weeks later there was a special on the news about “honesty and giving back money if you were given to much change” and it so fit and I felt bad all over again. It showed honesty and it showed terrible greed. One man was given $5 to much change and he RAN out of the store and the TV camera’s were trying to talk to him and he literally ran to his car and wouldn’t talk to them. I have tried for two hours to find that so you could see it but it was jut to long ago. Here are what some people have to say on the subject. Some people at the party acted like I won the lottery.
What would you do?