Saturday, July 25, 2009

Honesty?

Returning from our trip to No. Idaho and Canada I've been catching up on my online checkbook balance. For awhile we had an extra charge of $100 from a gas station in BC and thought we'd have to cancel our debit card which would have made a big problem as most of our utility bills are paid automatically from that account. But it was straightened out with a couple of phone calls and a little time. (I watch my online account daily in case anything screwy goes on to catch it right away because there are so many in the world who aren't HONEST.)

Now the time came for us to be HONEST, we were looking for a bill at a diner in Idaho that hadn't come through. We didn't have a receipt for some reason as the new waitress had tried to use our visa card for our hamburger lunch and it didn't go through; then it did, but she charged us $70 for the burgers. Well, she was new and decided to just give us change for the difference in our $15 bill and the $70 we were charged. It turns out the charge didn't go through at all; so we're trying to decide which town it was that we had the burgers and the name of the restaurant.

Country Cottage Cabin it turns out is what we found through some detective work and the Internet. So I called up the place and talked to the manager who had no idea why I was calling, but in looking back over her records for the day we were there she was short at the register $69.55. So we were charged that today since we still have the change from the burgers we ate. She sounded happy that I called. We could have been dishonest and no one would have known about it except us and perhaps someone else who knows all things. It feels good to be HONEST which is a quality very needed in our society today with all the scandals in the banking and stock market business.

9 comments:

Jo, a retired teacher said...

Good for you, Lin. It's sad that retail establishments are surprised by honesty these days. My hubby recently bought an expensive item at a sporting goods store--only to discover that he had been undercharged. When I went in to fix it, the manager was so grateful, he gave us the special employee price.

I wondered, who has to pay for these errors? The cashiers? Supervisors?

kavita said...

LIN..honesty is appreciated by both the sides .consumer or the retailer...i think checking online account daily is a good idea....kudos for your detective work..

Cheryl /Ashton said...

Good for you Lin. I have returned extra change to the cashier before and they looked shocked! If we don't do the "little things" they can turn into bigger things. I imagine the good feeling you had when you tracked down the diner was the best feeling!

gigihawaii said...

What a saint you are!

nituscorner said...

That was interesting.keep it up lin.

Mare said...

Honesty feels good...and much better than the guilt of not speaking up. You're a good person, Lin!

SandyCarlson said...

The work you do to straighten out this convenience.

These days I have resorted to making cash deductions from banks along the way and then to pay in full. So much easier!

Brenda Leyland said...

Loved it, Lin! To hear of all your efforts to do it right! Thanks for letting us see another beautiful part of your soul!

Rambling Woods said...

Good for you..I always think that someone could be short in their cash drawer which is a problem for them....