Taking money from the "take a penny, leave a penny"

United States
August 3, 2009 6:52pm CST
In your opinion is taking money from the "leave a penny" holder stealing? Not taking a few cents to cover the change on your purchase, but really taking 20-30 cents and pocketing it. I have a coworker who makes $3-4 per day she works (fast food) because she empties the "leave a penny" jar into her pocket ever couple hours or when she sees some nickels or dimes in there. She also asks people if they want their change back if it's only a penny because she knows most people aren't going to request a penny or two. That would be fine is she used it to help out the next person who was short a penny but she pockets it.
5 responses
• United States
8 Aug 09
I don't think it's stealing as much as that your coworker would get arrested but it's just something she shouldn't do. That holder is for those people who lacks a penny and doesn't want to leave with a pocket full of coins. One penny would solve all their problem but if your coworker takes them all, she leaves a lot of people in a dilemma. most people do have pennies when shopping but some don't and it would be really inconvenient if they can't find a penny.
• India
4 Aug 09
that is an example of corruption..if u visit any developing country... i guess u might not be posting such post..lol ...cos it's very much common.. govt employees stealing stuffs from office premises..u know sometimes employees of oil companies in countries like India steal few litres of oil and sell it in black market.. so perhaps that's not a big issue.. but it's basically earning money without morals..
@marguicha (129163)
• Chile
4 Aug 09
It sounds worse if it were millions but really the morals are the same. I can understand a small child to steal pennies. They all go through that phase. But in a grown up it is stealing and I would tell her to leave if I was her boss. No use having those kind of people around.
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
4 Aug 09
In my opinion it is wrong for a employee to take the change from the take a penny leave a penny container. And i consider it stealing, that change was put their to help some one out that need a few extra cents for their purchase. It is not a tip jar. If i was her boss i would fire her for that, because if she would steal a few cents that was meant to help someone, what else would she steal.
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
4 Aug 09
Yes it is stealing if you take it from the jar with no intent to pay it back, but if the person tells you to keep the change, then I think that it is ok to keep it. Though most businesses tell their employees otherwise. At my old job if a customer left without their change or told me to keep it, I always did though we didn't have a "leave a penny" jar. Though if someone was short a few cents I always covered them. I always got tips too though my boss was against that too. I always have seen it as a karma thing. Accept what you are given and give what you can to those who need it; you give some you get some.