Re: FOUND: is this a test???
hilding holroyd (blustone!chagall!hilding@UUNET.UU.NET)
Wed, 11 May 1994 08:47:43 EDT
> Here's a ethical problem that you can share with your Scouts and
> 1. Knowing that these checks could be cashed easily and perhaps
> without any reservation or objection from anyone, would you cash
> them? Why or why not? Would you cash ONE, believing that it
> could be considered as a "finders fee?"
> 2. What would you do with the money if it was in the form of cash
> in the envelopes rather than a check? Would it matter to you if
> someone mailed money to "Steve" or "Betsy" and you, not paying
> attention to the name (remember, they have the SAME last name as
> you...and even the USPS still places their mail in your box!), open it
> up and there's several hundred dollar bills?
> 3. Knowing that people will be coming around within days to shut off
> key utilities (gas, water, electricity, cable), would you "deposit it
> in your account and then use the interest to pay the bills (remember,
> we are talking about four thousand dollars, so the interest could pay
> one or two of your bills)?
> 4. Finally, how would you explain this sudden "positive cash flow" to
> others that know of your struggling and attempts to keep yourselves
> "afloat" if you kept it? If you didn't keep it, how would you explain
> why you chose to return it to the people? And whom would you return
> it to?
> Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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Well, this was such an intesting scenario that I took it home and had
my wife and 3 teenagers read it (my other 2 kids are still a bit young
for this type of "situational ethics"). Once they read the first posting,
and I had gotten their answers from them, I let them read the second.
All of them said "you mean this REALLY happened???
My wife's reaction was entirely predicatable: send the money back where it
came from. It's not ours.
First child (son 17yrs old, High School Senior, Life Scout - finishing off
2 MB and Eagle project write-up): send the money to the police and let them
handle it. [personal comment: this reaction was GREAT. I half expected him
to say "Hey! Keep the money. Nobody would know!]
Second child (son 16yrs old, High School Junior, Life Scout - 6MB and project
to go for Eagle): try to post some signs and try to find these people to give
them the money. [he's always been a bit impractical...]
Third child (daughter 14yrs old, 8th grade): send the money back to the agencies
where it came from.
Mike, thanks for a GREAT measurement of my kids. I really do appreciate it.
It has shown me that they really have caught the Biblical (yes that is where
it really comes from) principles of honesty and integrity. [Luke 16:10 "Whoever
can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is
dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."]
And congratulations (is that really the right word?) on your own honesty and
Hilding W. Holroyd Jersey Shore Council
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