MONEY MORAL DILEMMA: Should Alan give the laptop back?

Thanks to MoneySaver Ben Clay for this idea and here's this week's hypothetical situation for you to cogitate on:
Should Alan give the laptop back?

Alan went into a shop to buy a laptop, and instead of it ringing up at £399 it was just £3.99. He spotted this at the check-out and was aware of the error but keep schtum. After he'd paid, the manager came up and admited, that the laptop was legally his, but it was an obvious error by a trainee cashier on his first day.
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Would you ask for new shoes?

Thanks to MoneySaver Ben Clay who came up with this in the nerdy note discussion from last week.

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  • LouLee2008
    LouLee2008 Posts: 306 Forumite
    yes because you were happy to pay the £399 before and it was only a mistake,
  • saintscouple
    saintscouple Posts: 4,310
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    Nope, as a large company they can absorb the cost, but i would point out to the manager that the error lies with the person that programmed the price in to the till.
    But i would use the laptop to send a thank-you email. :p
  • exel1966
    exel1966 Posts: 4,978
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    Never look a gift horse in the mouth ! I'd go back and try and buy another !!!
  • I'd ask what discount he'd be willing to offer me if I returned it. No guarantee that I would return, but gives the manager an option!
    I'm getting older, and lifes getting harder!:mad:
  • teeb
    teeb Posts: 392 Forumite
    Depends, for me. If it was a big chain I'd walk out. If it was a small place I'd sit down and think.

    Alan walked in expecting to pay £399. He could at least ask the manager for a discount (bearing in mind he could walk out at any point).
  • toadhall
    toadhall Posts: 369
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    nope, their mistake my gain
  • Alan noticed at the till that the amounts did not match - he may not have a legal responsibility to point this out but I think he has a moral responsibility!

    If it was the other way round and he was overcharged he wouldn't be happy if the manager said "their mistake, my gain" now would he.

    I believe there's an old phrase "sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander"

    Also I don't think the morality of an action should depend on how big the company is but on how developed my conscience is!

    I guess I'm going to get flamed but hey - at least my five pence worth didn't cost someone £395.01

  • lynxptc
    lynxptc Posts: 280
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    If the sale has gone through then the laptop is yours. Why offer to hand over all that extra cash - it would just be throwing money away.

    I know a lot of people would though because of morals and them thinking they are doing "the right thing".

    In real life though this would never happen. A cashier would never take £4 for a laptop, even a trainee. They'd know something was wrong.
  • weegie.geek
    weegie.geek Posts: 3,432 Forumite
    Morally wrong to keep the laptop, but being an amoral sonofa!!!!! I'd be tempted. ;)

    It's very hypothetical though, surely the cashier would realise? I've done shopwork myself (and in a high street computery type stuff retailer as well) and you can more or less turn your brain off, but that's quite a difference.

    If it'd been the cashier's mistake I'd give it back. Nothing worse than that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realise you messed up. If it'd been the shop's mistake, and the item actually rang up at £3.99 I'd maybe dig my heels in.

    What's a trainee cashier doing on the tills by themselves anyway? Especially on their first day. They should be buddied up with someone who's keeping an eye on them.
    They say it's genetic, they say he can't help it, they say you can catch it - but sometimes you're born with it
  • Mamzie
    Mamzie Posts: 2,540
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    No way I would have been able to pay just £3.99... but I would appreciate a discount or gift for paying the right price which I was already expecting to pay.
    My light may be on, but that doesn't always mean I am looking at the PC - I am far more likely to be cuddling or feeding Tianna atm, so please don't think I am ignoring you if I don't reply quickly :)

    Our Precious Baby Tianna has now joined our Family, she is much loved and very welcome, xxx
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