Paul Miles (PGM01@ALBNYDH2.BITNET)
Thu, 12 May 1994 10:27:55 -0600
Mike's recent two-part posting points out some of the interesting situations
that life seems to present us from time to time. That of getting the chance to
really demonstrate the principals of Scouting in everyday life. We have all
faced these, perhaps not on the scale of "finding" 4 G's, and hopefully we do
the right thing and as a reward we can get a pretty good SM Minute out of it.
Quick story. A few months ago my wife, stepson and I were at LaGuardia Airport
to put the boy on a plane, we drove to NYC (about 180 miles) in order to avoid
making him do a plane change. We decided to stop on the way home and have a
nice diner. I needed some cash so I went to the ATM while they went to the
boarding area. A young man was ahead of me, but I really didn't pay too much
attention to him. When it was my turn at the machine I paused to read the
screen and it took a few moments to realize that he had left his card in there
and the ATM was asking me if "would I like another transaction"? Read that "do
I want some of this guy's money"? I punched No and put his card in my pocket
and finished my business. I then told my wife what happened and that I was
going to have the man paged (his name was on the card). When he finally showed
and identified himself, I pulled out his card and said "don't leave home
without it". After the color returned to his face, he thanked me and rushed
off, probably to check his balance :-) Could have pulled the perfect crime...
just push a button, clean the guy out and walk away, nobody would know. He was
from the Boston area I'm from upstate and we were in NYC.
The next week I posed this scenario to the troop, kind of like "what if this
happened to you?"? There were immediate responses of take the $ but after a
few minutes of discussion the consensus was to do the right thing.
So, the troop got a meaningful discussion, the man from Boston got his card
and a sense of the world not being full of rip off artists, my wife and I had
a nice diner that night and I got a good nights sleep.
We all get tested to see if we live up to the Laws of Scouting in everyday
life. Hope we all pass
Paul G. Miles
Scoutmaster, Troop 18
Greenfield Center, New York
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