Now here'* an oxymoron for ya - dude doesn't want to get caught lying, yet he'd keep what'* not his...
Originally Posted by comment from the article
...I won't lie, i would have kept them. After all possession is 9/10'* of the law
Newegg is a big enough company, I don't think a few extra eee'* are going to effect their quarterly profits.
This is a great exercise in morality. What is right, and what is wrong? Do we know? Is this stealing? Does it make it right because NewEgg is big and is highly successful? NewEgg will not take the loss, it will just be passed on to the rest of us in slightly higher prices so, in effect, those of us who order from NewEgg in the future will be paying for those unreturned items. Is that
Let'* look at a smaller scale. Suppose the checkout girl at the local market makes a $20 error in your favor, and you're aware of it. Do you give it back, or do you assume that, because SHE made the error you keep the profit and walk out? Does it matter that she'll have to pay her employer the difference when her cash & reciepts don't reconcile? $20 is a large hit when you're making minimum wage. What if this was your daughter or your girlfriend or your little sister?
And, thinking deeper, would this foster an inverse "PIF" attitude in this person? Would she be looking for a way to get that money back by screwing someone else? How many people will this wind up hurting in the end? With a little imagination you can see a "butterfly effect" happening, and not a good one either.
And possession is NOT 9/10 of the law. I don't know who coined that phrase, but if it'* universally applicable, then if you accidentally left the keys in your Bonneville and some hoser drove off with it...it'* his, RIGHT?
I'm not trying to judge anyone by any means - I'm certainly not without my own faults & issues. I'm just asking you to ponder what is right. WIthout justifications like "It was THEIR mistake" or "They're making $bazillions, it won't hurt 'em"...just pure & simple...ask yourself is this right or is it wrong?
Sonoma asks a very deep question that shouldn't be taken lightly. What kind of world would this be if, TO A PERSON
, the answer to this question was an unequivocal "Yes, I would absolutely return them."? Think about that. A world where you didn't have to worry about someone ripping your credit card number and racking a sizeable bill on your account, a world where you could leave your car unlocked and still have your $5000 sound system in it when you got back. A world where some a-holewon't stick a damn Twinkie on the windshield of your nice, clean, black SSEi while it'* parked outside the welfare office.
It'* kinda funny, but it still pissed me off - I guess I should be grateful the perp didn't run his keys down the side of my car.
I will now step off my holier-than-thou soapbox and return you to our less than perfect world!