Man in the shop put more then I paid on my key metre - do I own up?

(65 Posts)
ThePlEWhoLovedMe Thu 29-Nov-12 22:36:56

Went to shop to top up gas key metre. When I got home i discovered he had put on double what I gave him in a mistake. Do I stay anything ? AIBU to not say anything ?

SilveryMoon Thu 29-Nov-12 22:38:17

I wouldn't say anything. That might be really bad, but I wouldn't.

LivvyPsMum Thu 29-Nov-12 22:40:59

I wouldn't say anything. Its a trail out to the shop again and its cold out!

MrsMushroom Thu 29-Nov-12 22:41:18

Say nowt.

McChristmasPants2012 Thu 29-Nov-12 22:42:33

I would because it will come out of his wages

Wallison Thu 29-Nov-12 22:44:31

No it won't. It's illegal to dock someone's wages if the till is short.

Say nothing. It's like a little early Xmas present. I'm sure you've lost money in other transactions throughout your life one way or another. It all evens out.

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Thu 29-Nov-12 22:44:59

Maybe he was 'paying it forward' so to speak- his good deed for the day. Consider it a gift and use it well.

kc77 Thu 29-Nov-12 22:46:48

same (sort of) happened to me, very bored/couldn't be arsed shop assistant told me that machine wasn't working (after keeping me waiting for ages whilst watching a TV above my head), gave me the key back and advised me to go elsewhere, upon returning home, i discovered that machine must have been working as there was £20 on the key....i never went back to that shop...

redandwhitesprinkles Thu 29-Nov-12 22:47:41

Depends, do you have to top up at the same shop again? When the till is short they will compare to their 'top up meter' surely?

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 29-Nov-12 22:49:55

Say nothing and look on it as a gift.

ThePlEWhoLovedMe Thu 29-Nov-12 22:50:01

Half of me is worried that it is just wrong to say nothing and the other half thinks there is some way he could trace it back to me and I could get in trouble !!

SoleSource Thu 29-Nov-12 22:50:52

Forget it.

McChristmasPants2012 Thu 29-Nov-12 22:51:43

Present Your Boss With a Plan To Fix Your Mistake: When you go to your boss to confess your mistake, you must have a plan for correcting it. Present your plan clearly. Tell your how long it will take to implement your plan and if there are any costs involved.

In this case the only way to fix the problem would be to put the money back into the till

VoterColonelSebastianDoyle Thu 29-Nov-12 22:53:18


beansmum Thu 29-Nov-12 22:54:57

What?! Of course you say something! Even if it won't come out of anyone's wages.

Mrsjay Thu 29-Nov-12 22:56:13

you never noticed you didnt see a thing and put it in your meter it is bloody freezing, that assistant wont get into trouble for it I don't think

My mum works in a shop and if something happens with the metre top up machine it is a PITA to put it right you are doing the guy a favour wink

maddening Thu 29-Nov-12 22:56:19

I thought in any cash transaction there was a usual policy of mistakes can not be rectified later - e.g. always check your change as once you leave the till the transaction is over and that it worked both ways.

Mrsjay Thu 29-Nov-12 22:57:17


Wallison Thu 29-Nov-12 22:58:03

Regardless, McChristmas, it's illegal to dock someone's wages because of a short till.

Key meters are a rip-off anyway. You're already paying over the odds and subsidising energy costs for people on direct debit deals. Fuck'em.

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 29-Nov-12 22:59:33

McChristmas that sounded american, american law is very different to uk.

Yes . Karma is a bitch that's why smile honesty pays.

Wallison Thu 29-Nov-12 23:04:10

There's no such thing as karma. There is however such a thing as being ripped off for energy costs through paying for it via a key meter, and if somehow you get a little bit extra while in that position then all speed to you.

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 29-Nov-12 23:06:05

I agree, karma is bullshit. Look at the people running our country wonder where the fuck their karma is.

Mrsjay Thu 29-Nov-12 23:07:22

years ago I once got an extra power card (electric) i bought 4 and got 1 free i thought it was bloody christmas come early grin

Mrsjay Thu 29-Nov-12 23:07:57

op put it in your meter before you drive your self up the wall and bang your heating up grin

Wallison Thu 29-Nov-12 23:08:04

True. If I were in charge of karma (which doesn't exist) then old George and call-me-Dave wouldn't be looking quite as smug as they are.

Only complete eejits believe in karma.

Say precisely nada OP. Early xmas pressie wink

Mrsjay Thu 29-Nov-12 23:10:26

Karma is not a bitch that is a facebook phrase when people are pissed off, if karma existed that is,

If karma exists then who's to say that her little bonus isn't a gift for some amazing shit she's done and this is the karma god's way of hi-fiving her?

manticlimactic Thu 29-Nov-12 23:50:25

I once put £50 on someones key by mistake instead of £15 as they asked. I had a stinking cold and had dragged myself into work. Couldn't reverse it so the customer got to keep it. I got a mild bollocking. The guy was a regular customer but didn't offer to pay. It was my mistake.

akaemmafrost Thu 29-Nov-12 23:52:11

I wouldn't blush.

5madthings Thu 29-Nov-12 23:59:51

Keep it! You are having to pay over the odds for your electric anyway, if there is karma this is you getting something good you deserve smile

Marzipanface Fri 30-Nov-12 00:03:10

It was his mistake. You didn't notice in the shop. Put it on your meter. Think of it as Lady Luck shining on you.

Do a good deed to balance it all out if you prefer!

PickledInAPearTree Fri 30-Nov-12 00:04:56

Fuck karma it's bloody cold.

quoteunquote Fri 30-Nov-12 00:08:17

The man that made the mistake could lose his job.

BattlingFanjos Fri 30-Nov-12 00:37:30

My first thought was tell the shop, but its freezing and sodding evil bastards EDF have been charging me £85 a month on my meter just for gas so to be fair I probably wouldn't tell them! Plus they can't take the credit back it'd be put on your meter as debt and they'd drag it out. Enjoy it smile

Morloth Fri 30-Nov-12 00:51:46


In my current situation then yes, I would go back. If you are broke and this is a really fortunate turn of events then fuck that.

I have a somewhat 'flexible' morality though. wink

myfirstkitchen Fri 30-Nov-12 02:38:10

keep it! co-op put £10 on my key, there was nothing on my key when I got in and when I went back they didn't give a shit!

EauRouge Fri 30-Nov-12 03:09:49

Karma is bullshit.

I would still go back though, I would feel guilty if I didn't.

dawsonjunior Fri 30-Nov-12 03:29:54

I've been the sales assistant to put too much money on before.

I was called into the back room and had to be interviewed and then watch myself on CCTV doing it. So yes chances are you will be CCTV too so they'll know you if you're a regular.

Money was not taken out of my wages.

Even if they do have op on cctv Dawson she didn't do anything wrong, it wasn't her mistake, tbh I wouldn't have noticed unless it was a very large amount.

valiumredhead Fri 30-Nov-12 08:40:09


reddaisy Fri 30-Nov-12 08:49:33

Keep it.

Energy companies are thieving bastards anyway, keep it. The shop assistant will not be sacked, there are allowances for human error.

PickledInAPearTree Fri 30-Nov-12 09:11:12

Bloody hell when I worked in a shop I was forever doing stuff like this and I never ever got wages docked.

What if they hadn't noticed the mistake? Op is then going in and making a fuss a d getting someone into bother for no reason.

goralka Fri 30-Nov-12 09:14:25

you are already paying over the odds for your gas with a key meter, say nothing.

I have had this happen and I gave them the extra back. It's a small family owned shop and it would come directly out of their profits. I'd need to put the extra on the following week anyway, so I just saw it as buying it all at once. Took the tenner back in the next day and explained - no way I was going straight back out to do it. If it were co op or something I probably wouldn't bother, but as it was such a small shop it seemed really mean to leave them to pay for my gas.

HaudYerWheeshtFannyBaws Fri 30-Nov-12 09:49:43

I wouldn't say anything and would keep it. The assistant won't get his wages docked. It's not allowed.

Iggly Fri 30-Nov-12 09:50:32

Keep it.

Would the fuckers tell you if you overpaid?


DeltaUniformDeltaEcho Fri 30-Nov-12 10:37:39

I'd keep it!

roundtable Fri 30-Nov-12 10:45:26

Maybe this is op's 'karma'?

Normally I'm all for telling the truth but considering energy companies are robbing us blind and getting away with it, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. I'm sure they don't.

orangepudding Fri 30-Nov-12 10:51:35

I too would keep it.

IsItMyArseOrMyElbow Fri 30-Nov-12 10:57:19

My morals would be telling me to go back and own up, HOWEVER, I'd probably ignore the bloody things and keep it (but top up at a different shop from now on).

WandaDoff Fri 30-Nov-12 11:00:53

Keep it. I would.

FushiaFernica Fri 30-Nov-12 11:10:49

Paying on a meter means you are paying over the odds therefore I would keep it, but top up at a different shop from now on.

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Fri 30-Nov-12 11:18:30

This happened to me before.

I didn't come clean. It was fine nothing happened and the guys in the corner shop never said a thing about, they wouldnt have known or remembered I wouldnt have thought.

Just leave it.

WelshMaenad Fri 30-Nov-12 11:22:07

I would have to own up.

Do people really think it will be the 'robbing energy companies' paying the excess? No, it will be the shop. I know that our little corner shop is barely scraping by in the recession. It might not come out of the shop worker's pocket but if its an independent shop it will sure as hell come out of the owner's. It's stealing and it's not fair.

I've had this happen before and always top up in the same shop, I've a feeling a particular assistant does it on purpose. Stick it in your meter and turn the heating up and enjoy, I would!

ThePlEWhoLovedMe Fri 30-Nov-12 17:14:53

Sorry have been at work all day I have not had the chance to respond...

I didnt mention the amount i put on the card and by default the amount he mistakenly put on ... as I wasn't sure it makes a difference but I think from some of your answers that perhaps it does ...

I inherited the key meter from the last tenant and found I kinda liked not getting bills so have kept it ... I put on £100 to last me two months or so ... so the mistake by the shop guy was actually £100

Does this make a difference to anyone ?

wonderingsoul Fri 30-Nov-12 17:27:39

yes i think it does but i cant see how he messed up 100 with 200.. unless he put it through.. thought it didnt work then put through again?

i k inda agree with their morals..

"check you change at the till as any mistakes can not be rectivied later"
it was his fault. i doubt he'd get fired for it.. unless he has form for messing up. wether you gave the money back or not is irelevient i think as he still messed up, so if he gets fired it wont be just down to this.

i dont know. tbh i would prob keep it.

and not top up there again.

defineme Fri 30-Nov-12 17:36:02

I would have to-£10 and I'd say stuff it unless it was a struggling family business, but £100 is a lot of money and you don't sound like you're on a meter because you're struggling.
It would feel like £100 worth of theft to me.
However, if you can't afford to give it back now go in and explain and say you'll give it back in 2 months?
It was the shop's fault though so I would argue that you're not being that immoral.

wonderingsoul Fri 30-Nov-12 17:42:02

i am on a meter... and wouldnt be able to pay them back. and they cant take it off the key.
if i did go back i'd tell them i'll pay you a fiver a week. it was their mistkae after all they cant sue you and cant demand you pay them money back at all if you dont have it can they?

SetPhasersTaeMalkie Fri 30-Nov-12 17:44:44

I wouldn't be going back to the shop. Keep it. Unless you can easily afford to repay it.
I'm a bit like Morloth, my morality is a bit of a moveable feast.

ThePlEWhoLovedMe Fri 30-Nov-12 17:48:54

On the way home from work tonight I went to the shop and re paid the over payment. I just couldn't take something that wasn't mine <even though I guess I was tempted - and if it was less money I probably would have>

TheWheelies Fri 30-Nov-12 18:03:46

I'd 'fess up. Seems dishonest not to.

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