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When the clerk *overpays* you for a winning ticket, you... (choose one)

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What do you do if the clerk overpays you on a winning ticket?

Inform the clerk there may have been a mistake. [ 85 ]  [76.58%]
Keep the money. Maybe you misread the ticket. [ 26 ]  [23.42%]
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Posted: January 23, 2009, 2:44 am - IP Logged

"Let's say you go turn in one of those complicated scratch offs with lines and numbers every which way."

You can dance all day if you want to, but the phrasing of the original question certainly suggests that you *know* they've given you too much. If that's the case and you keep the money you're a thief.  If you only *thought* you were supposed to get less than they give you and you don't question it, then there are two possibilities. One is that you're a thief. The other is that you're trying to be a thief. The only question is how much you've stolen.

    Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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    Posted: January 23, 2009, 2:54 am - IP Logged

    I would give it back.

    Gonna win.Big Smile


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      Posted: January 23, 2009, 5:57 am - IP Logged

      Spot on honesty is the best policy,then we feel guilty of anything.

      aberdeennut...

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        Posted: January 23, 2009, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

        I'm a pretty honest person.  I would let them know what they did.  I have had this happen alot at banks and restaurants and stores.  For some reason, they are always shocked when I tell them they overpaid me.

        voir-vous dans mes reves!Cool

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          Posted: January 23, 2009, 12:21 pm - IP Logged

          When I lived in Michigan 4 years ago, Some guy wanted to redeem a bunch of tickets.  One ticket's prize was $50.  The machine spits out two confirmations, one for the player and one for the retailer. I mistakenely thought both tickets were for the retailer and I gave him extra $50.  10 Minutes after he left, I realized my mistake and called my boss.  He garnished my wages and I quit.  The guy used to be an extremely nice REGULAR customer and he never came back to the store again.

          This is why I don't trust anyone, anymore.. even nice people.  I don't believe in Karma either.  I've done so many good things in my life but nothing goes well for me. I still do good things like donate and help people out... it's just natural that I do this.   Don't know when my good is coming.

          I totally understand your attitude.  I often use the expression "No good deed goes unpunished." I worked in retail for years and saw the worst of people too.  I have a long, long, long list of stories too and here's one of them.  (just thought of the show Naked City) 

          When I sold floor covering, a woman came into the store on Sunday to buy grout & thinset for ceramic tile.  I only recall it was a Sunday, because that was the one day I worked alone.  Anyway, at the time I knew the formulas by heart.   XX amount per 1,000 s.f. of tile.  I told her she was buying at least 2, maybe 3 bags too many.  She insisted she needed the 6 or 7 bags, so I explained that they could not be returned.  Looking back, I can't remember if we marked the invoices "non-refundable" but I kept suggesting she buy less and come back if she required additional setting materials to get the job done.  She said "I don't want to come all the way back." I couldn't have been more emphatic and said "I'm just trying to help you, so you don't waste your money." (After all, the more she purchased, the better it was for me & the store.)  On Mon or Tues the lady came back to return the bags her installer didn't use.  My manager told her she could not return the thinset.  Knowing the owner would scream his bloody head off, he said it was our policy and was sorry. She whined "I came in to buy only 3 or 4, but was told this is what you recommend & I'd run short if I didn't buy at least 6 bags."  My manager asked "Who told you that?"  Then she looked straight at me, pointed her finger and said "She did.  She kept telling me I needed to buy more."

          Still, what does this woman or the dozens of other idiots I dealt with over the years have to do with my integrity?

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            Posted: January 23, 2009, 1:26 pm - IP Logged

            Did your manager believe her?  I hope not.

            If a clerk gave me too much money, I would return what wasn't mine...and hope I wouldn't get any 'tude from the clerk about it.

            Believe it or not, clerks aren't always grateful for honesty.  I've been to several stores where clerks gave me too much in change and when I handed the difference back, they acted irritated instead of grateful.

            I guess they look at it like I'm pointing out a mistake that could get them in trouble. ::shrug::


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              Posted: January 23, 2009, 1:54 pm - IP Logged

              Did your manager believe her?  I hope not.

              If a clerk gave me too much money, I would return what wasn't mine...and hope I wouldn't get any 'tude from the clerk about it.

              Believe it or not, clerks aren't always grateful for honesty.  I've been to several stores where clerks gave me too much in change and when I handed the difference back, they acted irritated instead of grateful.

              I guess they look at it like I'm pointing out a mistake that could get them in trouble. ::shrug::

              Yes they are probably looking for a new position today as it won't have been the first time.

              Honesty is the answer.

              Regards, aberdeennut.....

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                Posted: January 23, 2009, 2:09 pm - IP Logged

                Yep, I've gotten the same attitude from clerks.  They don't like it when you hold up the line...they really don't! 


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                  Posted: January 23, 2009, 2:16 pm - IP Logged

                  Yep, I've gotten the same attitude from clerks.  They don't like it when you hold up the line...they really don't! 

                  Yes it's like you just rattled thier cage and they have no way out I say open the door.

                  Regards,aberdeennut...

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                    Posted: January 23, 2009, 2:21 pm - IP Logged

                    You know what's funny is that I work with the public too....and I get a bit irritated when I get a good flow going...you know "Next Please" and someone holds up my line!!!  LOL....it kind of throws me off track...lol...and pisses off the customers behind them so then they come to me with attitude.  I just had a moment of self-realization....lol...I guess that's how the clerks feel when we "try to be honest" and keep them from losing their damned jobs!


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                      Posted: January 23, 2009, 2:30 pm - IP Logged

                      You know what's funny is that I work with the public too....and I get a bit irritated when I get a good flow going...you know "Next Please" and someone holds up my line!!!  LOL....it kind of throws me off track...lol...and pisses off the customers behind them so then they come to me with attitude.  I just had a moment of self-realization....lol...I guess that's how the clerks feel when we "try to be honest" and keep them from losing their damned jobs!

                      Yes I know how you feel I used to work with public my opinion is we have to be honest that is on both sides and everyone gets rattled don't they, so we have to be honest to be fair.

                      Regards,aberdeennut...

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                        Posted: January 24, 2009, 9:58 am - IP Logged

                        When I lived in Michigan 4 years ago, Some guy wanted to redeem a bunch of tickets.  One ticket's prize was $50.  The machine spits out two confirmations, one for the player and one for the retailer. I mistakenely thought both tickets were for the retailer and I gave him extra $50.  10 Minutes after he left, I realized my mistake and called my boss.  He garnished my wages and I quit.  The guy used to be an extremely nice REGULAR customer and he never came back to the store again.

                        This is why I don't trust anyone, anymore.. even nice people.  I don't believe in Karma either.  I've done so many good things in my life but nothing goes well for me. I still do good things like donate and help people out... it's just natural that I do this.   Don't know when my good is coming.

                        I only believe in bad karma.  Karma expects you to be good, so you are not rewarded for good actions.  Do something bad, and it might come back to you.


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                          Posted: January 24, 2009, 10:04 am - IP Logged

                          I only believe in bad karma.  Karma expects you to be good, so you are not rewarded for good actions.  Do something bad, and it might come back to you.

                          Yep and when you least expect it my friend, been learned and gave up the words of a sinner.

                          Regards,

                          Bill...

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                            Posted: January 24, 2009, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

                            I would definitely make sure it was a mistake on the clerks part (and not my mistake on reading the ticket) and return the extra money. I don't want anyone to lose their job.

                            Luck is the residue of design.

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                              Posted: January 24, 2009, 2:17 pm - IP Logged

                              This poll has been done before. Rant

                               

                               

                               

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