A Question of EthicsPosted: September 29, 2008
So, here’s the situation (I’m so resisting typing…my parents went away on a week’s vacation…):
You’re at lunch with a group of seven people, three of whom are your guests. One of the three is a federal employee, but that doesn’t even enter into your mindset.
In the interest of hurrying the process because the service is a little slow, you get up from the table and take care of the bill. The bill is on your own credit card, but you’re going to be reimbursed by the company, so there’s really no issue with the check total.
In the next part of the meeting, in another location, the federal employee hands you a $20 and says its for lunch. You say don’t worry about it. He says, I’m fed, I have to give this to you. I appreciate the gesture, but it’s your tax dollars at work.
You say OK and take the bill — knowing that’s really the only option, because he’s not taking it back.
So, here’s what happens next.
You really have two choices.
You can keep the $20 for yourself because when you submit the paperwork, you’re getting reimbursed. No skin off your back — but an extra $20 in your pocket.
Or, you could go back to the restaurant (which would not be inconvenient) and ask them to readjust the bill and the charge by adding the $20 to the original bill.
So, what do you do? Keep the $20 for yourself or go back and ‘do the right thing’ at the restaurant?
After telling me what you would do, tell me what you think I did.
What else? I got nothin’.