Yesterday Darby and I needed to go to a bookstore to get some books for her summer reading. We looked, found the books we wanted, and then bought them. Having bought quite a few books, the bag was understandably weighty.
When we got home, Darby emptied the bag and asked me about a particular book. A large book. A hardback book. A book that cost $35! Yikes! A book I know that I didn't buy because my whole purchase was about $30. I looked over the receipt again just to make sure and sure enough this book was not on it.
Today I took the book back and told the cashier what had happened and that I just wanted to return the book. The three tellers that were there were all standing there with their mouths open! They went on and on about the fact that I was returning a book, an expensive book, a book that I could have kept without anyone knowing. I was told to stay there at the counter and wait a moment. One of the cashiers left and within a few minutes came back and gave me a $5 gift card!
Though I will use the gift card and appreciate getting it, I think their reaction to my being honest is so sad! It broke my heart to hear them raving about what a good deed I was doing. Can you imagine having the same thing happen to you and NOT returning the book? It never even crossed my mind and I am disturbed that apparently it does cross so many minds.
I do love the $5 though! Can't wait to use it!