It was the 17th (out of 21) times that I'll get paid this school year.
My check is direct deposited into my account.
After checking on Thursday night (as I normally do when it's a payday), I noticed something strange… very strange.
I was paid DOUBLE the amount I was supposed to get for the past two weeks.
What would YOU do in this situation?
It would be easy to just say "nothing." Move on with life… have the extra cash… pay some bills … get that extra "something" you've been dreaming about… etc. etc.
But is that the right thing to do? To say "nothing"???
Obviously, it's someone's mistake… a BIG mistake… and the bottom line is:
It's not my money!!!!
There's no way, in good conscience, that I would keep a cent of that money (as much as I would want to)… because it's simply not mine.
Would you have done the same thing I did and told?
That's probably not the correct question… because I KNOW that you'd do the same thing that I did (because it's a no-brainer, in my opinion).
The question I REALLY want to know is:
-Would you tell the cashier at a local restaurant that they gave you back too much in change?
-Would you turn in a clip of money found on the street to the police department?
-Would you tell the department store that they gave you too much product than what you paid for?
-Would you… be honest with all of these "little things"… like you would the "BIG" thing?
It's our job as teachers to let our students know what the right thing to do is… when no one is watching… when no one knows there was a mistake … when no one knows … except for YOU.