In today's Spokesman Review we have a piece by Jim Kershner (log in to get the full story) in which he admits to stealing from a parking lot company. He paid $3.00 for his parking and the receipt spit out by the machine has an expiration date of July 27, 2010. Based on a previously unpleasant experience he had with a parking lot company he has justified using the receipt twice, allowing him to park without paying.
Let's say it was $3.00 each time so the parking lot is out only $6.00. What's the harm, right?
Still, there’s a little voice in my head that says, “Is it right to take advantage of what was obviously a mistake? Shouldn’t I throw that receipt away and pay my parking fees like everyone else?”
So far, another little voice has replied, “Nope.”
Still, I want to know what you think. Should I keep using that receipt? Or not? E-mail me with your vote at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, I urge all downtown parking patrons to take a good look at their dashboard receipts. One kiosk out there believes it’s a slot machine, and it’s issuing jackpots.
When a cashier gives you too much change back do you bring it to their attention?
If you see someone drop a five dollar bill, do you keep it or return it to them?
Mr Kershner asks a very good question: Is it right to take advantage of what was obviously a mistake?
So far the answer hasn't stopped him.