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armani · 07/05/2011 20:43

a few weeks ago dp paid a £100 deposit towards an ipad2. the store rang us today to inform us our iPad was now in stock so dp went in after work to pay and collect it. All was well until I've just checked our bank account online and seems they have mistakenly charged us £100 instead of £299!

Dp did not even notice when paying and is now a bit shocked! We have an invoice confirming that we have paid for the iPad in full, however the reciept shows that they have only debited £100!

So now we have a dilemma, I think we should return to the store and tell them. However dp thinks we should keep quiet! Who IBU? And WWYD?

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YellowDinosaur · 08/05/2011 09:08

Ok Hecate I think you might be right.

Take note. I do not admit I am wrong very often!

She3po · 08/05/2011 09:11

But surely the employees mistake will be apparent whether you take the money back or not and therefore disciplinary action will be taken regardless. Though I except the money may not be taken from their wages if you return it. Would a large company still take money from an employees wage? I worked for a fast food chain many years ago and if the till was short this never happened.

Baileysismyfriend · 08/05/2011 09:18

Good for you, the right decision.

HecateQueenOfTheNight · 08/05/2011 09:22

I think there is a law about it, I think they can't just nab your wages (cos I think that's covered under employment law as unlawful deduction?) but it can be in your contract and I think that if it is and you've signed to agree to it, then they can. If your till's down etc.

if they don't have that in the contract (or if the law's changed or something that they can't do it at all any more) they can still discipline you. They may decide or think that you did it on purpose to help a mate? anything could happen. and if the person who benefitted keeps it? well, if you have to pay you have to pay. or maybe you get a warning or otherwise hauled over the coals.

whatever happens - cos I don't think for a second that any company just shrugs their shoulders if their employee cocks up - it's happening because the customer just felt they'd had a windfall. And didn't think about / care about the person who had made the mistake and what may be the consequence for them.

NorksAreMessy · 08/05/2011 09:42

Armani- good for you! Do you feel better?
If you didn't fess up, the ipad would make you feel a tiny bit guilty whenever you looked at it.
This way, every time you use it, you will think 'yes, moral high ground...that's where I am standng' Grin

She3po · 08/05/2011 09:48

Hecate - I see, obviously wasn't in my contract, though any discrepencies were limited to a few pounds.

FluffyDonkey · 08/05/2011 09:54

I once worked as a supermarket checkout. Any discrepencies (plus or minus) bigger than 20p were noted. 5 minor discrepencies and you were fired. One major and you were fired.

Consequently whenever customers told me to "keep the change" I really did keep it for me!

Once had a right panic though because my boss found that I was missing 100 pounds...she said she'd check her safe again but if it was missing I'd have to pay it. Eventually she rang me that evening to say she'd found the "missing" 100 pounds - she had never given it to me. The relief was huge!!!

FluffyDonkey · 08/05/2011 09:54

at at supermarket checkout

not as! Grin

hairfullofsnakes · 08/05/2011 10:04

But but but, if it were true about karma then some of the biggest twits in the world wouldn't be in a position of power and money etc (people like Prince Andrew for example, or Ashley Cole) so it's not always true about karma is it?

HecateQueenOfTheNight · 08/05/2011 10:11

Who knows? It might be a load of crap and whether you are a saint or the devil makes no odds, but it makes me happy to think that being the best person I can be is the best choice for me and that doing the right thing is the right thing to do. I like to consider the impact of my choices on other people and how I would feel to be on the other side of a situation and I like to think that in the long term, it makes for a better life for me and for people who come into contact with me.

Also, things just do have a habit of working out for the best for me. I always try to do the right thing and I always find that I look back on even really bad situations and see that, long term, everything that happened was the best thing that could possibly have happened and actually ended up benefitting me.

You never get poor by giving and you never go wrong by doing the right thing. I have found this to be true in my life.


HecateQueenOfTheNight · 08/05/2011 10:12

oh, and fluffy - love the typo Grin

NorksAreMessy · 08/05/2011 18:30

Also, there is a case for saying the only way lots of money can make you truly happy is when you give it away.
Yes Prince Andrew etc are plonkers and they have money, but we don't know that they are happy, contented, self-aware individuals.
Happiness doesn't come from having more and fact that can make you constantly dissatisfied and yearning for the next thing.

It is useful to think about the happiest person you know and consider the secret of their happiness...I bet it won't be that they have cheated their way to money and power.

I am knitting my own yoghurt in a kaftan and considering a beaded headband.

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