Yesterday's tale of Hick getting an $80 surprise discount on drywall has prompted a question of morality. We Thevictorians are generally honest to a fault.
Like when I found $10 left in the lottery machine at Country Mart, and informed the cashier, and she looked at me like I had two heads, and said she couldn't do anything. And the time I found a ticket stuck up against the front of the dispensing tray at the lottery machine, and chased after the old man who'd been ahead of me. Or when I saw a dollar on the floor at Casey's, and left it! Or the $5 bill on the ramp of the Gas Station Chicken Store, and picked it up and gave it to the clerk. And let's not forget The Pony, who found a $10 ticket laying in the lottery machine at a truckstop on the way home from the casino, and left it, because it wasn't his.
No, Thevictorians are not grifters. We don't take things that don't belong to us. Many times, I had to remind the Walmart checkers that they'd forgotten to scan my cases of soda left in the cart. Or give back change at the fast-food drive-thru window when given too much. And that one time I drove two miles back to Casey's because they had given me $15 too much back after my scratcher transaction.
Hick's situation is a bit different. He'd already left the store with his stack of drywall before he noticed their error in billing. I suppose he COULD drive the 20 miles back to the store, wait in line at the service desk, present his receipt and tell his tale of being charged too little for a specific number of blueboard pieces rather than drywall pieces, and suggest that they investigate and re-charge our credit card.
I'm not sure how that would work. If they have to go through register tapes or logs, and maybe void that transaction. I don't see how they could charge Hick for phantom merchandise, with only his word for it. Obviously, the register would show what they THOUGHT was on Hick's cart, thus the price they actually charged him. I'm thinking that whoever was in charge of handling this matter would NOT be pleased that Hick had returned to be honest. You know how people are these days about doing anything EXTRA for their job.
Besides, at what point do we as customers draw the line at doing the employee's job for them? Surely they have training in how to ring up merchandise. Like Walmart checkers have to look under the cart (my sodas were IN the cart!) so they don't miss anything. If I catch a mistake right there while I'm making the transaction, I always tell them. But I'm really not required to.
Anyhoo... it's not like Hick was out throwing bricks through the window and loading up $1999 worth of merchandise to steal. An employee rang up his order wrong, and he didn't notice until he unloaded the merchandise at Pony House.
Is there a monetary amount at which The High Horse Brigade begins to look down their out-of-joint noses at whether an employee's mistake should be corrected by the customer? A time limit? A geographic distance?
Like Tammy Wynette, I stand by my man. I am right now imagining Hick doing the Nixon "I am not a crook!"