What would you do? & Me
Posted January 23, 2011on:
I stopped Saturday to get my new debit card activated at an ATM machine. Right there in the machine at a bank that I don’t go to was a crisp $10 bill, and possibly others right there behind it.
What would you do? The fact that I don’t know if there were more bills behind it tips you off to what I decided to do.
Call me stupid; call me silly; call me anything you want. I left the $10 (or more) there.
I do bend down to pick up pennies, nickels, dimes, etc., even if tails up, which is not supposed to be lucky. Once or twice, I’ve picked up a dollar or even a ten-dollar bill off the sidewalk.
Why did I pass up that bill on Saturday in the ATM? I just thought it was the right thing to do. Someone might come back looking for the ten bucks I left behind. And then the question is raised, whether I would have left $20 or $100 or the $100,000 bill that was printed from 1934-1935.
As I got in the car, still thinking about those ten dollars, I wondered about that ABC program, “What would you do?” On that program, a scene – a ruckus – is created in a public place. The ruckus may be a racist attack, a parent abusing a child, an adult child abusing an elderly parent, a dog or child left in a car when the owner goes inside, a drunken driver, a waiting abusing an overweight customer or seeing too much public affection in a restaurant.
Some people walk by with eyes averted and others stop and try and help the person involved.
No camera was following me, of course. This was no a sexy enough situation. What it was, though, was an everyday ethical question.
So to eliminate any question that I consider myself some sort of uber ethical person I decided this morning that if I gained any karma from not taking the ten bucks, it should go to the Green Bay Packers today in the NFC game.
I’d like to be able to say I didn’t take one for the team.
Go Pack! Go!
P.S. What would you do?