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Saturday, May 28, 2011

It's what you do when no one is looking.

Questions: You go to McDonald's and give the cashier a $5.00 bill and they give you a $10.00 bill in return.  Do you walk away? And is this stealing?  These are some of the moral questions people have to answer all the time.  Often the answer is, "It depends..."  or "If I don't notice until I get home ... then it is ok." or "It is the cashier's fault, not mine."

In the defense of humanity, sometimes the answer is an immediate, "Yes!"

Character is what you do when no one is looking. 

What if you ordered something online and they shipped you an extra by mistake? Would you keep it? Say, "Learn your lesson for next time?"

Character is what you do when no one is looking.

What if you ordered 9 cans of formula from your medical supply company and they made a mistake and sent you 9 cases?  And what if these cans were nicknamed "liquid gold" because a case can run from $200 - $400.  And it didn't cost you anything?

Character is what you do when no one is looking.

Tuesday I will call the medical supply company and tell them of their mistake. (Monday is a holiday). It is going to be a hassle.  There is the possibility that our prescription will be messed up. There is the possibility that our supplies will not be correct for next month.  There is the possibility that our supplies will be shipped later due to the change. Oh... and I'm giving the government (who pays for our supplies) about $2,000 back.

Character is what you do when no one is looking.

I didn't have to write this blog. I didn't have to share with anyone their mistake. But ~ I would know. And these are not the values I want to pass down to my kids... that you take and take and take until you can't take anymore.  We get more than enough ~ we don't need to steal. 

Character is what you do when no one is looking.....


At May 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM , Blogger Heather said...

Good for you!! You'll sleep better knowing you did the right thing. On another note, I noticed that the formula you're using is Elecare. Frank's nutritionist had him using that very briefly, then switched us to Vital Jr. Equally as expensive, and our insurance isn't covering it... however, it's doing great things for Frank. We really noticed a jump in weight gain and cognitive awareness as soon as we made the switch. Just thought I'd throw that out there, because I'd love to hear what other people are using. Do you think the Elecare is working well for him?

At May 28, 2011 at 10:04 AM , Blogger Kisses4Kaylee said...

Our GI put Kaylee on Pediasure enteral formula, but I'd love to know more about both Elecare and Vital Jr...what is the difference between them? And Kristen, you are doing the right thing-- odds are that the insurance company would catch their error eventually when they did their inventory checks/accounting, and you would have to return it anyway. That happened to us when my disability insurance company accidentally sent me a check for over $40,000 (instead of the $3000 I was expecting). As tempting as it was to want to cash it, we knew they'd come after us for the money. Turns out that they noticed it right away and called us for it, but it was already in the mail back to them by that point.

At June 2, 2011 at 3:03 AM , Blogger Amy said...

Good for you! I love to see when people do the right thing. So many people have the "well the government is paying for it, so who cares?" attitude and that's part of the reason that everything is in such a mess.

Confession: my kids and I are currently on food stamps. I hate it, but it is what it is until we get back on our feet. As soon as we started to get income (survivors benefits from my ex-husband's death) I reported it. I mean, as soon as I found out that we were getting them. It's a huge increase in our income. I had people tell me that I shouldn't have reported it, and I said that there was no way that I was NOT going to report it, because (1) it is the right thing to do (2) we would get caught if we didn't (3) maybe someone else who needs the food stamps more will now be able to get them. Doing the right thing is important, regardless of who is looking - and yeah, it resulted in a huge cut to the food stamps, but that's ok.

On the other hand, because my ex-husband's family is a bunch of vindictive power-hungry morons who refuse to allow me to even SEE a copy of the trust fund that was supposedly set up for our son, our food stamps are getting cut off because I can't prove that I don't have access to any money that may or may not be in the fund. They need to learn the whole Doing The Right Thing concept.


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