OK, I feel a confession post brewin'... grab your cup of joe, it's a long one. ;-)
Some of you may think I'm nutso. If so, you may say so in the comments, but please be polite. hehehe
I'm standing there, staring at it's beauty thinking, "If it were only a better bargain" because, you know, that's how my brain thinks. To be honest, the price it was dropped down to wasn't bad...Mama just loves a better bargain.
I ask the sales associate to call a manager over because I notice a nick in the frame that is completely noticeable, but not beyond repair. He basically says that she won't be able to do anything and it's not worth my (his) time to call her. I say, "call her anyway" because that's how I roll.
She comes over, I speak to her about the fabulous mirror and about 45 seconds later she tells me she'll drop the price another 20%. Better than what I was expecting.
I happily stroll over to the register with the manager's slip indicating the new 'better bargain' price invoice. The cute and oh-so-young gal rings me up. As she's totaling everything, I think to myself how I can't wait to call the hubby to tell him I got the mirror at a steal of a deal. Of course, I called him to make sure the purchase was OK in the first place. We're cool like that.
I hand the cute gal my debit card and realize the total is $30 less than the manager's price. SCORE.
I hesitate and think of the time that I have gone back to the grocery store after realizing that the 2 gallon water that was under my cart went unpaid. I think of the time when I corrected the checker gave me a $10 instead of a $1 in return for my payment. (See, I know how to do the right thing...this is me trying to tell you I'm not a scum bucket.) I think of the time when I saw a blind man pay for his purchase and having to trust the correct amount of change was given back.
I think of a lot of things in a short amount of time.
For some reason, I didn't think long enough because I just went home and relished in my purchase. Bad me. Bad.
A month later, I'm in my Bible study doing my homework. The topic of the week was truth and honesty. A story about President Abraham Lincoln was mentioned...before his presidency, while counting cash in his store he realized too much change was given. He immediately walked a long distance to return it to the person who was overcharged. Another time, he miscalculated the amount of tea a woman purchased. He took her the remaining amount as soon as he realized it. Such an honest fellow.
I was knee deep in my homework and noticed how Proverbs 11:1 struck me. It basically says how He abhors dishonest scales and delights in accurate weights. And I know we're (I'm) given opportunities to adhere to this. This was one of mine and I blew it for a 'good deal' because I'm the bargain lady.
Last Sunday, I went back to the store with thirty dollars cash in hand. I approached another equally cute, young checker gal at the customer service desk and explained my situation. She called a manager over who joyfully told me "Merry Christmas" and to consider it a gift.
How could me not paying the full amount of what I owed be a gift?
He went on to explain that it was against store policy to accept money from customers like that. I kindly explained my reason for wanting to return it (Abe Lincoln story, Bible study and all) and that I know a big store like this one wouldn't really miss $30, but it was the principle.
He still told me he couldn't accept it. He was so nice. I told him that he'd have to if I dropped it on the counter and ran. lol As I was dashing for the door, I told him to give it to an employee who needed it.
So, moral of the story. I'm 32. I know right from wrong. I need to stick to it even if it involves a 'better' deal. Tisk tisk. Hopefully, I'll pass lessons like this on to my child and it will stick with her.
Speaking of, I probably owe my parents a lot of 'extra change' from lunch money in school. lol
So in honor of the 'bargain gone too good' I'm not posting any deals today rather a question of the day that will either make you run for the door or lead you to answer...
Do you have a confession? Have you...
-Ever realized the clerk at the store under charged
-Noticed that the waiter didn't charge you for an appetizer?
-Bumped a car in the parking lot and didn't leave a note?
-Let the blame fall on someone else for something you did?
What did you do?