Ok, I need to vent a little and toot my own horn a little too.
Last Thursday evening we decided to go get some ice cream from a local ice cream shop. (For anyone local, I'm sure you know about Sunny Sky's and just how good it is.) They only accept cash or check there, so we stopped to get some money from the ATM before getting ice cream. We got some really good ice cream. Then when we got home, my husband took his wallet out of his pocket and put it on the dresser like usual, when what do we see but a shiny $20 bill. We didn't pay!! We did try to pay one of the girls working there, but she just got another customer and told us to pay the other girl working. It was an honest mistake. I guess we had gotten so caught up talking with the people there, we didn't realize it.
So, Saturday after visiting my sister, we stopped by again, fessed up, and paid. It would have been an easy thing to not go back and pay. It's not some place we pass on a daily basis. The workers there obviously didn't realize the mistake. No one would have ever known.
Ok, so that's the tooting my own horn part. I did good -- this time. Now here's the vent part. So many people today wouldn't have gone back and paid because we are so caught up in trying to get a deal regardless of the means. We want to know someone who works at our favorite restaurant because we want to get a discount or even free food. We sneak a few grapes while grocery shopping knowing that we are charged by the pound. There are so many little things that we do daily that compromises our honesty and integrity and many times don't even realize it. In fact, we relish in the fact that we got the deal.
Remember in high school, how someone might give you free food or a discount on something because you were cute or flirty. (I actually never did have anything like that happen to me, but it did happen quite often to my friends.) It was awesome! It was validating! It was free!! It would have only cost you $5 anyway.
Don't get me wrong. I love finding a great deal and saving money. But I want it to be on honest and fair terms. I don't want to sell my honesty and integrity for the price of a happy meal. How about you?