Keep the money? Or give it back?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What would you do if the cashier gave you too much change?
    Keep the money - it was their mistake! : (42 votes)
    14 %
    Bring it back to the restaurant! : (260 votes)
    85 %
    Other - explain below : (5 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @MrsBaldEagle: I strongly believe in karma, so I would return it. I like to think that if you do a good deed, the person for whom you perform a good deed will pay it forward and keep putting positivity back into the world.

    Post # 4
    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Absolutley bring it back – $90 is something she’ll get fired over. 

    If it was $5 and I didn’t notice right away, I’d probably just keep it if it wasn’t convenient to go back, or bring it in the next time I happened to be nearby. But $90, yeah definitely worth the trip out there!

    Post # 5
    1472 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I would return it. It’s happened to me before (though not with that much $) and I’ve always returned it. Plus, as a business manager, I know that when our $ is off at the end of the day, we sometimes look to our employees to see if they know why it’s gone (we don’t assume stealing, could just as easily be a bad keystroke on the cash register, but if there is a pattern…) I’d hate for the employee to be in trouble for the missing money.

    Post # 6
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @MrsWBS:  I feel the same.  $5 or incorrect coinage, whatever.  $90 will deifnitely be noticed and she probably will lose her job over it.  I wouldn’t want that on my conscience.  Plus, if it’s a lunch place I like to go to, I would be afraid to go back.

    Post # 7
    6457 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would absolutely return it. I worked in fast food during high school and saw workers get fired for lesser amounts missing from their drawer.


    Post # 8
    10454 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Even in a rush, how do you miss that one (both him and the cashier)?  There are places that won’t accept big bills, and usually they are doubled checked to ensure they are real.  $90 vs anything under $10 should be immediately obvious.  I would return it, and I’m not one to go back usually I figure sometimes I get more, sometimes less.


    Post # 9
    42166 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    There should be no doubt about what any of us would do! I would get it back to her asap.

    Hopefully there are no Bees of such low moral fibre, that they would even consider keeping the money.

    ETA I just saw the poll and I am shocked! Almost 20% of Bees are so dishonest and uncaring that they would keep the money. 


    Post # 10
    151 posts
    Blushing bee

    Not even a question – return it.  It’s the right thing to do.  

    Post # 11
    2189 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I would return it, they’ll think she stole it. I’ve been a cashier so I would feel bad for the cashier.

    However, I would want to keep it. 

    Post # 13
    434 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA

    I would return it. My FI would keep it. This is coming from the man who sold Miranda Lambert tickets when they were given to us! LOL. he loves his monies.

    Post # 14
    649 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @MrsWBS:  +1

    If her register doesn’t match up within a few dollars, I imagine she’d be written up if not terminated!

    Post # 15
    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @MrsWBS:  Or she’ll have to pay it out of her own pocket to cover the tab.  I used to have to do that for walk-outs.

    @MrsBaldEagle:  I’d bring it back.  I would feel too guilty.

    Post # 16
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @MrsBaldEagle:  This happened to me when I was an overnight cashier.

    I gave someone $90 change for a $10! I almost got fired (And it was FT! I couldn’t have afforded college without a FT job at night to allow me to go to school FT during the day)

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