WOW! I just got an honesty bonus!

United States
August 30, 2007 2:56pm CST
I was pleasantly surprised when I got a $2.21 honesty bonus at one of my paid to click sites CashClicks4U today. I had contacted them recently about a long pending egold payout request for $2.50 that had been showing Queued for Payment since mid June. The only reason I had contacted them about it was because my 2nd payout request, for $2.21 via paypal, was paid very quickly. During the course of contact on this matter, I had inquired about the possibility of cancelling the egold payout so I could request it by paypal instead as I knew many of my get paid to sites were experiencing problems with egold. Well, this morning I got a reply saying they had paid me for my original two requests and would be making the August payouts very soon. Sure enough, they sent $4.71 to my paypal account today. Once I saw this, I really felt bad because they had overpaid me. I immediately contacted them and advised them of the overpayment and asked how we should proceed to get it resolved. My paypal transaction had a link to issue a refund within 60 days, if needed, and I asked if they would prefer me to do that so they could resend only what they actually owed me. Well, imagine my surprise when I got another email thanking me for my honesty and to consider it a bonus! Has this ever happened to you? If you had been overpaid, would you report it or just keep the money?
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5 responses
@kristi73 (257)
• United States
10 Sep 07
Nice to see that honesty can pay off in this corrupt world, where so many people only think of what they can gain. Your honesty was a gain for you and I am happy to see there are some honest people still around. Congrats!!!
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• United States
10 Sep 07
Thank you! I must say I was a bit surprised. :)
@marinarovi (1318)
• Argentina
1 Sep 07
I would most definitely report an honest mistake like that, but it has never happened to me. The only time that a site paid me twice, I got a message to all members right away saying "we made a mistake, keep it and we will be deducting it from your earnings so we don't have to take it back and re pay you later"... and it seemed ok to me. lol!!
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• United States
6 Sep 07
I think the accounting aspect must be why they let me keep the overpayment. It's probably harder to make all the adjustments needed to fix the problem. :)
• United States
31 Aug 07
Unfortunately I am ashamed to admit that I have been both good enough to return money, and wrong enough to keep money overpaid. It really all depends on the situation, although I know it is wrong to keep money that isn't mine. There was a time that I cashed a check for my friend, since he did not have an ID. When we went to the store to cash it, the guy counted out an extra $20. He handed the money to me, and I again counted the money. Sure enough, extra $20. My friend saw this too, and went to say something. Again, shameful acts. I hurried quieted him, saying shut up under my breath repeatedly. At that time we were in high school, and there was no telling when we would have some more money. Another time I didn't do the right thing is when I cashed my work check at another store. I owed my brother, who was with me, some money, I forget how much now, and needed change for a $20 after he cashed my check (something about those twenties, huh?) Anyway, I handed him the twenty for change, and with the change he handed me back the twenty. I leave the store, and my brother pulls my sleeve. He says to me "You know dude gave you the twenty and your change right?" I go, "No he didn't," I hadn't realized what he had done at this point, "he just gave me my change." Then my brother says, "You don't believe me, count your money!" I did so, and sure enough there was an extra twenty dollars included. This was a high-priced, ghetto store. (You know, the one with the two-dollar can of Chef Boyardee that has an inch of dust on the top?) So I felt that this made us even for price gouging. Before you think too wrong of me, there is one time where I did do the right thing concerning money. Just recently I went to the bar with my mother (like we normally do once a month) and sat and had a couple of drinks. There was an older gentleman at the bar, and he had had a few too many. He dropped a $10 dollar bill on the floor below his stool. (Maybe it didn't work because it was a $10 lol) I saw it fall, and waited for him to pick it up. When a few minutes passed, and he didn't go for it, I started plotting on how to get to the bill under his stool without looking suspicious. Finally I get up enough guts to move, (also my drink was empty lol) and go to the bar. I stand there just to the right of the stool and got the attention of the barmaid for my drink. I lent down to pick up the bill, but on the way down it just hit me. This could be this man's Social Security check money, this could be for groceries. Overall, just a feeling that this wasn't mine. I stood up with the bill, and tapped the guy on the shoulder. I put it to him very bluntly. I said, "I was about to take this, but I just couldn't do it." and handed him the money. He thanked me heartily for being honest and bought my drink for me. So I do know that being honest is not only the right thing to do, but if it is sincere, it will be rewarded, but sometimes, if I am hard up, and the source from which the money comes is a place that seems to be able to stand a one time "gift", I may just take it.
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• United States
6 Sep 07
LOL, I've been to a few of those stores (inch of dust on the can) and have to say the few times I got too much change back I did consider it a rebate for all the times I was overcharged. :D
@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
24 Sep 07
Hey Hun, that is great to hear and very nice of them to give you a bonus. I would have to say that I would of done the same thing because if they notice it before I did they would maybe send an email telling me that they overpaid me, we do get rewarded when we are honest. Hugs!
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@hassanah (387)
• Malaysia
24 Sep 07
If i had been overpaid,maybe i would not report them.It's difficult to me to make a calling because im lazy to call people.
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