The Price of Honesty 

Photo by Gretchen E.K. Engel

What is the price of honesty? The answer is it’s priceless. Today I accidentally shoplifted or almost did. Thankfully my husband noticed while loading the car.

How it went down. We did the usual post-church Walmart run. I picked up two plastic storage drawer units and had the cashier scan it from the cart because they were awkward. I’d picked up a few random items too including a pair of silver hoop earrings.

I didn’t even think about them until my husband picked up the drawers and noticed the earrings. I scanned the receipt and they weren’t listed. I did the right thing and immediately went back inside explaining to the greeter on my way in.

Did I have to do this? The answer is, “absolutely” but there were a lot of good excuses for letting just driving away. Walmart is huge, they won’t miss $2.88. Yes, but it adds up. They don’t treat their employees well. That $2.88 goes towards salaries and benefits. Every little bit counts.

While there doesn’t need to be benefits for doing the right thing, I’m glad I had the chance to make that choice.

What is a time you made a decision to do the right thing no matter how small?


About Gretchen E K Engel

Chemical engineer by day, spec fiction writer by night

2 comments on “The Price of Honesty 

  1. Great share! Like you, I have caught cashier mistakes when they forgot to charge me. This reminds me I need to check my Macy’s statement. They may have forgotten to change for a sale sweater even though I put the card back in, at their request. I like myself better when I’m honest. Be faithful in the small things….:-)

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