?

Log in

No account? Create an account

[icon] What do you do if you can't count? - Patti
View:Recent Entries.
View:Archive.
View:Friends.
View:Profile.
View:Website (pattib.org).

Security:
Subject:What do you do if you can't count?
Time:07:39 pm
Hypothetically, you go to an art supply store on Saturday and buy three pieces of backing board at around $5/each. You paid for them by holding a tag up to the cashier and telling him, "I have three."

A few hours later, when you're cutting them to size, you realize that you actually have four of them. You're confused for a moment then remember, "Oh yeah, I grabbed an extra in case I mis-cut one." Now you have four pieces of backing board, but you only paid for three. Backing board doesn't spoil, and you'll use it eventually, so returning it doesn't really make sense. Plus, it gets a tiny bit beat up in transit.

The store is a national chain of art supply stores, and one that you do a lot of business with.

Poll #1739427 Honesty

Do you go back and pay for the item?

Yes, if at all possible
25(55.6%)
Yes, if it's convenient
13(28.9%)
It depends (tell me in comments what it depends on)
0(0.0%)
Probably not
5(11.1%)
Definitely not
2(4.4%)



I forgot to buy something, so I went back to the store today. When I got to the checkout I handed the clerk my receipt from yesterday and said, "I paid for three of these, but actually grabbed four. I'd like to pay for the other one now." He seemed a bit surprised, but happily obliged.

I'm not sure what I would have done if I hadn't had to go back to the store today, or at least been in the neighborhood. If it had been an expensive item I definitely would have made a trip back. If it was something that was only a dollar or so I probably wouldn't go out of my way to pay for it but would do so if I had to go to the store for something else. I would make more of an effort for a mom & pop store than for a large national chain.
comments: Leave a comment Previous Entry Share Next Entry


jpmassar
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 02:50 am (UTC)
Since you say you do a lot of business with it, the thing to do is pay for the extra item the next time you go, like you did.

You could even avoid any embarrassment or confusion by miscalling the number of items you're paying for to your detriment instead of to your benefit, thus zeroing out the account.
(Reply) (Thread)


dmorr
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 05:45 am (UTC)
What JP said. It doesn't even have to be immediately, as long as you do it at some point.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)


jpmassar
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 02:51 am (UTC)
Q. What do you do if you can't count?

A. If you know Basic Strategy, become a Big Player.
(Reply) (Thread)

tiltcity
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 06:18 am (UTC)
Do you know if casinos typically care if a Big Player uses one of those Basic Strategy "cheat sheets" that you can sometimes buy in casino gift shops?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)


jpmassar
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 03:35 pm (UTC)
They would think it very odd.

A Big Player wants to exude the aura of devil-may-care high-stakes gambler. Someone who's looking at a chart as to how to play isn't going to cut it.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)

tiltcity
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-11 02:44 am (UTC)
How would a casino react to someone playing high stakes blackjack if that person falls into the category of G++ in the BARGE Geek Code? ("I dig all kinds of gamb00l, but try to minimize my underdoggedness. You won't catch me betting red or black in roulette. I might be a "dark side" craps bettor.")

Obviously, a casino would prefer that a big player be G* or G+++, but wouldn't someone using a basic strategy chart most likely fall into a G++ category?

G* is: I will gamb00l on anything, in any place, at any time, underdog or not. Do you wanna bet on it?

G+++ is: I gamb00l on nearly anything, but try to avoid situations where I am a ridiculous underdog. You won't catch me betting against a bear shitting in the woods.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)


fich
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 04:20 am (UTC)
>I would make more of an effort for a mom & pop store than for a large national chain.

Why? What does the size of their operation have to do with your honesty?
(Reply) (Thread)


whitebird
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 05:32 am (UTC)
National chains can more easily absorb the costs of their employee's actions than can local mom & pop places.

Plus, you might actually know and be friends or acquaintances with the mom and pop in question, so you're less likely to want to stiff people you really know.

Conversely, none of the above really has any bearing on what your actions are in this sort of instance...
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)


whipartist
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 05:35 am (UTC)
Plus, try explaining this to a minimum wage high school C student. "I want to buy another one of these, but I don't actually want to take one because I already have it."
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)


whitebird
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 05:38 am (UTC)
"I mistakenly told the clerk when I bought then a few days ago that I had three when I really had four. So I'm here doing the right thing instead of stealing for your store."

I don't see a problem with that explanation making sense.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)


whipartist
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 05:40 am (UTC)
The guy at the art store had no problem with it. I can imagine low-level jobs having difficulty with it.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)


evwhore
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 05:11 am (UTC)
I generally try to do the right thing, and I posted a similar poll a while back when I bought two radically different items and only got charged for one of them.

More recently I bought N bottles of wine, was on my way to my car when I realized my receipt couldn't possibly be right and went back to pay for the Nth one.
(Reply) (Thread)


essaying
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 06:59 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't go back to pay for the extra, but I'd make a point of patronizing that store for quite a while so that they'd make money on me anyway. (If the item were an expensive one, not just a piece of backing board, I'd go back and pay for it.)
(Reply) (Thread)


whipartist
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 07:03 pm (UTC)
I've spent at least $400 there this year so far.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)


rightkindofme
Link:(Link)
Time:2011-05-09 09:24 pm (UTC)
I did this with tomato cages last week. I thought I had 6, but I actually had 7. I went back and paid for it. It's just the right thing to do.
(Reply) (Thread)

[icon] What do you do if you can't count? - Patti
View:Recent Entries.
View:Archive.
View:Friends.
View:Profile.
View:Website (pattib.org).