Why Not Just Do The Right Thing??

Jacksonville, Florida
November 23, 2011 4:21pm CST
My husband was at a gas station last week to get a few things. He pulled money out of his pocket to pay for them and $200 came out of his pocket along with it. The cashier saw the guy behind my husband pick up money that he dropped and didn't say anything until the guy was gone. My husband didn't realize he dropped the money until the cashier said it and then he counted it and realized it was $200!! =( It was supposed to go towards us going out for my birthday but oh well. There are dishonest people out there, unfortunately... If you were the cashier would you have said anything? Would you at least let the person know they dropped money before someone else could pick it up? Would you tell the guy that took it to give it back? What would you have done?
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
2 Dec 11
Geez! What a dishonest person! I would have understood it maybe if there were nobody around, and he just found the money. But if the person who dropped it was right there and there, he should have returned it. If I were the cashier, I wouldn't even talk to the guy who picked up the money. I would just let the person who dropped it know that he dropped it.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
5 Dec 11
He was a very dishonest person!! And so was the cashier in my opinion for not saying anything. Exactly, I would have told the person who dropped it that they did before anyone else had a chance to pick it up!
@Bluedoll (17054)
• Canada
30 Nov 11
I think everyone should have the decency to speak up when they see a wrong in progress. It is especially more important in business operation though to ensure honesty. When we are customers in establishments we have certain protections. Businesses are insured in case of peril and most try to develop a relationship with customers where honest transaction take place. Why not protect them while in store? I have been in situations where people including myself are stunned, and stand mouth open in shock until some strange event transpires so do understand that happening. Also letting a thief escape might be better if there is a threat.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
2 Dec 11
I agree with you. I think everyone should do that too. Unfortunately, not everyone does. =( Then good people like us have these things happen to us because no one wants to say anything! The cashier was a big guy so I am pretty sure he could have said something. My husband told me that because I said to him maybe "she" was too afraid to say anything. My husband said no it was a "he" and a big he at that!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
26 Nov 11
I would have definitely said something right then. I can't imagine why she didn't! That burns me up! It's a shame that you didn't get to enjoy your birthday because of some crook. Karma has a way of taking care of these things though..I know that doesn't help much right now..but remember what comes around goes around.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Nov 11
It was actually a guy cashier so he should have said something. The only thing I can think of is he was going to get some of that money too so that's why he kept his mouth shut. That has to be the reason he didn't say anything at all until it was too late! I know. I am hoping karma makes it's way to them both!
• United States
25 Nov 11
That is so wrong! I would have told him that he dropped some money or told him that the otehr person picked it up. Just be honest!!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Nov 11
I thought it was really wrong too. My husband had just gotten paid that money, he couldn't even make it home with it before it got stolen!! Terrible.
• United States
24 Nov 11
Oh gosh! Why did she let that happen? I beige she helped your husband get robbed. I hope karma catches up with both of them.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Nov 11
It was a guy cashier and I am thinking the same thing to be honest with you. Bet he is getting some of our money with that little scheme of theirs. Hopefully they will get what's coming to them...
• United States
24 Nov 11
I'm betting the whoosy behind the counter didn't want to have to deal with the confrontation in the store and figured your husband would chase the guy down and take the fight there..The cashier was quite irresponsible..Is your husband going to pursue the cashier's actions up with the management/ownership of the store? It won't get the money back but the cashier needs major reprimand for allowing such thru his inactivity..Enjoy!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Nov 11
I think either he was too nervous to say anything or he was partner's with the guy and wanting some of the money if you know what I mean... I don't know if my husband will do anything. He keeps telling me to forgive and let the Lord handle it which for him seems to be easy but I am having a harder time with that to be honest... I try but it's tough. It was a lot of money for us to lose when we live paycheck to paycheck and he had just gotten paid that money...
@AmbiePam (49884)
• United States
24 Nov 11
I'm angry just reading this. I would have pointed it out as soon as I saw it dropped, and would have said something if the guy behind him had taken it. That's robbery and a crime. I think we both know what we sew we shall also reap. And it won't make you feel any better, but the cashier and the guy who took the money will be feeling the consequences sometime soon.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Nov 11
I know every time I think about it I boil inside. I know they will get what's coming to them, I have to believe that. It just makes me sad that people could do that. You know even when I find a dollar on the ground if I took it without it being mine I would feel guilty FOREVER about it! But that amount of money when he JUST got paid that day, I would feel awful if I did that to someone!!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
24 Nov 11
I would have said something if I had been the cashier.....definately. Your husband should have not been without his $200.00....
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• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Nov 11
I would have thought the cashier guy would have said something also. I was very sad that this happened. My husband was on his way home from work, he had just gotten paid that money! He just stopped for gas...Makes me so angry.
@viju0410 (2286)
• India
24 Nov 11
It's so sad that the money was kept for something special but then it is gone to a wrong person in a wrong way! The upsetting thing is after seeing the $ being falling from your husband's pocket, the cashier didn't use his presence of mind to help out his customer. Yes, dishonesty is around us but some times we can try to be of help to someone.
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Nov 11
I absolutely agree with you. The thief was wrong and so was the cashier. He saw my husband drop it and said nothing until it was too late. How terrible! Life is horrible sometimes with the dishonesty out there... =(
• Philippines
23 Nov 11
There are really a lot of dishonest people in this world today. I think it is because of how much people value money more than virtues. It's just so sad to think that a quick buck can turn a man to do something so dishonest with just the sight of it. Personally I think that the cashier was as guilty as the man who picked up the cash. I think he should have informed your husband when he saw the money dropped or called the attention of the person picking it up. Anyways have a good birthday still. And i think you should give your husband a wallet.(humor)
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• Jacksonville, Florida
23 Nov 11
There are way too many dishonest people in this world! I agree with you, they do value money more than anything else. The crazy part is if the guy had asked my husband for money he would have given it to him without a second thought because thats just how he is. So for someone to steal from him bothers me very badly! Your right I do need to get him a wallet, Lol. =)
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
23 Nov 11
OMG what is wrong with that person, it would have been a nice thing for him to do for one of his customers, I would never go back to that shop, how someone could do that to keep the money when you know who dropped it, that is so dishonest. Karma I say
• Jacksonville, Florida
23 Nov 11
I don't know what is wrong with that person. I think it is terrible, especially so close to Holidays with children at home and everything...My mind is spinning because of this. It makes me so angry especially since my husband is the most giving person in the world. Honestly, if the guy asked him for money he would have gladly given it to him. =( It breaks my heart that some people can do these types of things! I hope karma exists, just saying...
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@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
24 Nov 11
The cashier should have said something to your husband when he saw that he dropped the money and should have told him the guy behind him picked it up. Plus you husband should not have been carrying that much money in his pocket. Yes it is too bad these days that so many people are dishonest. I would consider the cashier dishonest as well. If I had been his boss and found out what had happened and that he did nothing, he would no longer be employed. If it had been me, I would have told the guy to give the money back and call to your husband to let him know at the same time. Sorry to hear it was the money to be used for going out on your birthday.
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Nov 11
I agree with you. The cashier was wrong for not saying anything. How would he have felt if that happened to him? I'm sure he would have wanted someone to say something to him! My husband had just gotten paid from working and was on his way home. That's why he had that on him. He had to stop to get gas to make it home... Thanks, we did end up having enough to go and have fun anyway but it still upsets me of course.
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• United States
30 Nov 11
The cashier definitely was wrong. Most likely the gas station has a video camera and this was all taped. If the persons boss would see the tape and see that the cashier did nothing they most likely would not have a job. Sounds like your husband needs a wallet or needs to put his money in his wallet and not in his pocket. My husband only puts change in his pocket, the bills stay in his wallet. Glad you were able to have a nice Birthday. With the economy the way it is it just makes it that much harder if one loses some money they could have put to good use. Have a nice day.
• Jacksonville, Florida
2 Dec 11
The crazy thing is we were going to get him a wallet that weekend, we just needed to wait until he got paid! (Like most of this world we live paycheck to paycheck). So, we couldn't get one until he got paid, go figure!
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
23 Nov 11
That is so wrong, did your husband asked the guy why he didn't tell him right away? If I were the cashier, I would have said something immediately and not waited..
• Jacksonville, Florida
23 Nov 11
Exactly, why didn't he tell him as soon as he dropped it so no one else could have time to get it? That is a good question and it makes me mad. My husband said to him, why would you wait until now when it is already gone and the guy already has it? The cashier didn't say anything and pretended nothing had happened!! Rude!
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• United States
23 Nov 11
I would have reported the guy, I mean because of his negligence, your husband lost 200.00....
• Jacksonville, Florida
23 Nov 11
If it was me trust me I would have. My husband isn't like that though. He is too nice to do that to anyone... Even when they deserve it!
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@1hopefulman (31692)
• Canada
9 Dec 11
Incredible! Hard to believe! And yet.... I would have told the person who dropped the money right away. "Mister, you just dropped some money!" Things sure would have turned out differently.
• Jacksonville, Florida
9 Dec 11
It might be hard to believe but it sure did happen, believe me we are $200 short because someone didn't want to open his mouth! I am working on forgiving him but it is tough as I'm sure it would be for anyone...
@1hopefulman (31692)
• Canada
12 Dec 11
I do not doubt you at all. It is hard to understand that someone would do that but it happens as, as it happened to you. I understand you feelings. He has not come forward and returned the money. So it is hard to forgive someone like that.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
24 Nov 11
Hi LovingMyBabies, Well, now that is just wrong! I'm a cashier and yes...would of said something right off. In fact I've seen people drop things all the time and I mention it to them. Once we had an incident like your husbands and while I didn't see it, another customer did and confronted the guy that picked up the 20.00 and put in his pocket. A co-worker of mine recently saw a customer drop quite a wad of money. Another guy picked it up and rather than say anything, she told the guy that she'd keep quiet but that he needed to give her some of it and he did! If there are cameras in the store, your husband might still be able to get his money back by identifying the person who picked it up. That clerk who said nothing should be reprimanded. Could it be that she only saw the other guy bend down and thought nothing of it until your husband mentioned losing money and by then it was too late?? I mean, people drop things and bend down to pick them up all the time and I would not automatically question them unless I knew right then that someone was missing something. All that being said, why is it that someone would carry that much money around loose in their pocket?? I see this a lot and mostly with men. It is so easy to pull something else out of your pocket and have the money drop without notice.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
30 Nov 11
That's horrible. I just couldn't do something like that to someone no matter how much I could use the money. A lady that comes in regularly and does quite a number of scratch tickets left thinking she'd lost. For some reason, I decided to check her tickets before tossing them. The very first one I checked was a 100.00 winner. Do you know how very tempting that was to just keep it? I live pay check to pay check too and an extra 100.00 sure would of helped. I am ashamed to say that it did cross my mind. No one would have known. I just couldn't do it. I called the woman and let her know that she had made a mistake and she did in fact have a winning ticket. She was thrilled and split it with me. I don't know how people who do these things manage to live with themselves but my stomach hurt just at the thought of it.
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@Rtlsnk316 (1197)
• Mexico
23 Nov 11
I guess I could not blame the cashier, he might have seen the other guy picking it up but did he knew that the money fell from your husband's pocket or the guy himself ? Whenever I see money (or any other object) falling from somebody's pocket I would tell right away the moment I see it. To bad for your birthday, sorry for that but things happen for a reason, so don't you worry, remember "Every cloud has a silver lining"
• Jacksonville, Florida
23 Nov 11
No the guy walked up when my husband had already paid so it was laying there for a few minutes. Why wouldn't he say anything? That's what I don't understand! I would tell someone too and it just makes me so upset because if my husband had the world in his hand he would give it to someone else that needed it more than him. If that guy needed money and asked my husband he would have gladly given it to him!! =( Thank you. =) Hopefully it will still be a good weekend. :)
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
24 Nov 11
If the cashier actually saw the money drop from his pocket and did not say anything at all then I would have to question the cashier's honesty as well. It could be very possible that the cashier was intending on picking it up for himself and the other guy just beat him to it. Why would he not say, "Sir, you dropped something."??
@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
23 Nov 11
Tough question.Can you blame someone for his lack of courage ? I can`t .If the cashier was afraid to tell your husband i can understand that.It`s not being dishonest if the cashier didn`t had a deal with the thief.Some people are simply afraid to interfere in such situations and it`s not their fault.Strange but the guilty one is the thief.
• Jacksonville, Florida
23 Nov 11
I don't blame him for a lack of courage but before the person picked it up he could have said hey man you dropped some money and he didn't even do that! Why not? You don't have to be brave to let someone know they dropped something... It is absolutely the thieves fault and I blame the person 100% but I do feel like the cashier should have told my husband he dropped the money since he saw him drop it! I would feel guilty if I didn't tell someone something like that when I saw it.
@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
23 Nov 11
If your husband dropped the money and the other guy didn`t picked them right away then yes he is as guilty as the thief.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
21 Dec 11
Oh good grief. I would have spoken up right away. I would hope someone would do the same for me. How rude, and wrong. So sorry your celebration got ruined.
• Jacksonville, Florida
28 Dec 11
Yeah I would have said something also. I would have understood more if it was a female and she was scared because it was a man that did it but it wasn't! It was a big man that was the cashier and the customer a small guy my husband said. So the only thing I could think of is the cashier was going to get some of the money from the guy later on. I hate to think that way but why else would he not say something??
• Canada
12 Dec 11
At my work we would actually get in trouble for not stopping a thief. If he would pick up someones elses money he would surely steal from the store as well, and it is our job to stop those people. Even if it wasn't, it is just part of being a decent person. Maybe the cashier was afraid to confront the man? I don't know.. I'm used to customers arguing with me anyway so I wouldn't be afraid to say something to him.
• Jacksonville, Florida
28 Dec 11
I would think that he should have to say something as his job but he didn't. I don't know why he would be afraid because he was a BIG guy compared to the customer from what my husband said...
• China
24 Nov 11
The cashier made a mistake and she should have told your husband immitetly that he dropped money. However ,we shuld fogive someone 's mistake and I would go back to that place. Maybe that cashier will not do that again, which is a good result.
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Nov 11
Yeah he did make a mistake but I'm more angry at the guy that stole from my husband. The cashier can be forgiven but the other guy cannot, at least not yet for me...