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Poll: would you pocket extra change given in error by cashier? (81 member(s) have cast votes)

would you keep the extra change?

  1. no i would give it back to the cashier. (55 votes [67.90%])

    Percentage of vote: 67.90%

  2. yes i would pocket the change. (26 votes [32.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.10%

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#1 мцт вяздк чф

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:16 AM

so a cashier today inadvertently handed me an extra $10 bill in change, i gave it back, conscience naturally kicked in and i didn't want the poor girl getting in trouble for it when she counts her balance at the end of the shift. i believe in karma :)

but this got me thinking, in a simillar situation, would you have pocketed the change or give it back? please vote.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:19 AM

I never really count the change when I get it back from a cashier, I just put it into my purse.
If I did notice that I received extra money, I would return it.

Edited by iCanucksLover, 14 January 2013 - 12:25 AM.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:19 AM

when the new $50 bills first came out, a guy paid me $100 (2 x $50) but he actually handed me 3 bills by accident. I gave it back without thinking twice.. kind of a reversal of your situation, i was working and he was the customer..
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:19 AM

Is she cute?!
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:20 AM

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It has happened a couple of times to me over the years and I have returned the excess money. Nothing much to think about IMHO. You either are honest and have integrity, or you do not.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:22 AM

I always give it back and no, I don't believe in karma.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:23 AM

Is she cute?!


hmmmmmm.

Dumb and cute.

Nice
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:24 AM

I work in retail and if you're till is shorter than $3.00 or over $3.00 you're in trouble.

The kind thing for the customer to do would be give back the change or bill so the employe doesn't potentially lose their job.

Edited by Armada, 14 January 2013 - 12:26 AM.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:25 AM

Interesting... someone who voted "yes i would pocket the change." has now deleted his/her vote.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:26 AM

Interesting... someone who voted "yes i would pocket the change." has now deleted his/her vote.


It was me. :P
I just read yes/no. I thought 'Yes', meant Yes, I would return it. I didn't bother reading the entire sentence.

Edited by iCanucksLover, 14 January 2013 - 12:27 AM.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:28 AM

That has happened to me a few times before and I've always given back the extra change. :)
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:33 AM

I give it back.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:34 AM

The vote is currently 9 to 1 in favour of returning the money. I've worked with cash my whole life and trained cashiers etc. I don't believe it.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:35 AM

Probably give it back. Assuming I noticed. I mean, some guy left his cash in the gym change room a while back and I could have very well walked away with it coming to the conclusion that he isn't coming back for it and if I don't take it, someone else will anyway. Of course I returned it to the front desk. Whether that guy got his money back or the those at the front desk kept it I'll never know :lol:
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:39 AM

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I found $75 sitting on the floor in a bank ATM one day, right in front of the machine, I kept it, and was super happy

Needless to say, I voted "yes" and I ain't going back on my vote
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:42 AM

It depends how much extra change I received. I'd probably keep the extra if it was a loonie or toonie. Any more than that and I'd give it back.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:47 AM

Return it. I have parents who instilled a set of good morals and ethical behavior at a very young age.

Edited by Bertuzzi Babe, 14 January 2013 - 12:51 AM.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:49 AM

A year or so ago I bought a new piercing for my eyebrow.. I took my change and went out to my car and put it in.. the bead was defective so I went back in.. The girl who sold it to me realized she short changed me and thought I came back in for it.. But I had no clue and probably wouldn't have noticed.

But I would return it if I was given too much..
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:49 AM

It depended on the store for me. My example goes way back to when CD's were still purchased at big music stores. I happily walked up to the register with over 200 bucks in CD's, and when I went to punch in my debit card number, I noticed the total was off by a decimal point in my favour. Bonus for me. My lifetime of purchases had been rewarded. I could care less about a chain corporation.

If that happened in a mom and pop store though, different action by me. More honesty, honestly.

Oh yeah, before someone comes out and says "that's still dishonest", you're right, and I'll refer you back to the part stating that I didn't care. I can count on 2 hands the number of times someone has dropped cash on the ground near me. They always get it back.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:52 AM

Straight up yes.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:39 AM

I rarely pay in cash and when I do it's usually small purchases so I probably wouldn't notice. I'd like to say I would return it but to be honest, the larger the amount the more tempted I'd be to keep it.

On the flip side I've also had cash handling experience in previous jobs and I can honestly say that I've never gotten mad or even slightly irritated at customers for not giving back extra change. Yea I got in trouble but it was my fault, not theirs. I mean hey, some sucker handed them extra cash, it wasn't cheated or stolen, why not keep it?

But I know most people will disagree, or at least pretend to.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:46 AM

Return it, always .. with a tip ..
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:02 AM

Give it back, it's good karma :)
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:29 AM

I found $75 sitting on the floor in a bank ATM one day, right in front of the machine, I kept it, and was super happy

Needless to say, I voted "yes" and I ain't going back on my vote


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:34 AM

It depends how much extra change I received. I'd probably keep the extra if it was a loonie or toonie. Any more than that and I'd give it back.


Why? Are you going to a dollar store to buy something?


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:38 AM

I never count my change, but I think the majority will agree, that the guilt that you face by taking a hard working persons money is not worth it. Also add the fact that Cashier's don't make a lot of money. It's too difficult to be able to walk away, knowing that your received more than you should have. That being said, If I'm in a public place and see 5 bucks on the ground and there's no sign of who it is, I don't see how there's a reason not to pick it up because the person that lost it, won't know for a while, and by the time the person finds out that he/she lost 5 dollars, if not me, someone else would pick it up.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:44 AM

If its more than a buck I'll say something, anything less and I couldn't be bothered.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:54 AM

This thread reminds me of an altercation I had once at a Shoppers Drug Mart downtown. I bought aftershave or something and the bill was $4.45. I had a five out and said "hold on, I don't want more change, I'll take a loonie". Threw two quarters in so I would get a loonie back.

Now, get this, the woman said "ok, but you'd still owe me five cents for a loonie, it's $4.45".

WHAT

She gave me a loonie and acted like I shorted her to get it.I walked out in a daze because I couldn't figure out what was going on.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:18 AM

One time I bought a $20 shirt and paid for it with a $100 bill. The cashier gave me the shirt and $110 in change - I had to convince her she made a mistake but eventually we figured it out.

Have to admit I did think about taking the money and running but my conscience won out.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:56 AM

I ordered a pizza for pick up the other day when I went in the pick it up they were really busy. I was in line and they told me it would be a few minutes....then, when it was ready, a lady came over and handed it to me but I hadn't paid yet. I did (pay), for the same reason. I could have just walked out and no one would have known, but she was busting her tail and it was an oversight on her part.

So I guess that answers the question.
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