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    • Former MSE Wendy
    • By Former MSE Wendy 29th Jul 08, 4:39 PM
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    Former MSE Wendy
    Money Moral Dilemma. Would you keep the lottery ticket?
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    • 29th Jul 08, 4:39 PM
    Money Moral Dilemma. Would you keep the lottery ticket? 29th Jul 08 at 4:39 PM
    Here's this week's hypothetical situation for you to cogitate on:

    Would you keep the lottery ticket?

    You’re in the lift at your local shopping centre, a woman talking excitedly on the phone says she won an unspecified amount on last night’s lottery. Yet she’s saying she can’t find the ticket and asking her husband if he’s got it. She gets out at the next floor, and you notice its fallen from her bag and on the floor, as the door closes.

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  • Winky, The House Elf
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    • 29th Jul 08, 10:18 PM
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    • 29th Jul 08, 10:18 PM
    No, it's not mine. I would call after her to come back.

    Could you honestly look yourself in the eye in the mirror? Its completely wrong as you clearly know who the owner of the ticket is, it then amounts to theft...where do you draw the line? "it was half hanging out her pocket anyway?"
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    • 29th Jul 08, 10:22 PM
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    • 29th Jul 08, 10:22 PM
    Couldn't live with myself...having money out of someone elses misfortune who be terrible. Would try and find her.
    • Beate
    • By Beate 29th Jul 08, 10:35 PM
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    • 29th Jul 08, 10:35 PM
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    • 29th Jul 08, 10:35 PM
    Same here, I would feel like a thief. I would definitely call after her.
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  • greenstick
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    • 29th Jul 08, 10:47 PM
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    • 29th Jul 08, 10:47 PM
    I couldn't keep it if I knew who's it was

    If I found the ticket in the street without knowing who it belonged to, I'd pick it up and check the numbers. If it turned out to be a winner, fantastic.
    • SonOfPearl
    • By SonOfPearl 29th Jul 08, 10:47 PM
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    • 29th Jul 08, 10:47 PM
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    • 29th Jul 08, 10:47 PM
    No brainer. I'd give it back, of course. Keeping it would simply be stealing!
    • Wistful100
    • By Wistful100 29th Jul 08, 11:04 PM
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    • 29th Jul 08, 11:04 PM
    Anyone with an iota of self esteem wouldn't even consider keeping it
    • #7
    • 29th Jul 08, 11:04 PM
    I'd chase the lady down the hall if necessary. What a dreadful idea to walk away with someone else's winning ticket when you know who it belongs to.......! There is certainly no happiness to be had from keeping it under those circumstances although I'm sure some will imply it would be OK. Shame on you for even suggesting it!
    • JPS
    • By JPS 29th Jul 08, 11:29 PM
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    • 29th Jul 08, 11:29 PM
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    • 29th Jul 08, 11:29 PM
    No doubt about it - run after her and give it back! She would feel like she had won it all over again! Would be great to make someones day like that
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  • Sharp_Eyes
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    • 30th Jul 08, 12:37 AM
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    • 30th Jul 08, 12:37 AM
    Run after her through the lift door? Sounds like a job for Superman! *LOL* My local shopping centre is quite big. Am I going to chase after this stranger for hours? Nope! You snooze, you lose.

    In these moral dilemmas everybody seems to want to qualify their answers so here goes:
    1. If the question had asked if I noticed the ticket on the floor WHILE she was asking her husband would I keep quiet about it and then take it for myself, then NO. I'd point it out to her. To do otherwise would be dishonest.
    2. To notice the ticket AFTER she left AND the doors have closed is completely different. Learn to take better care of your stuff!
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    • skintchick
    • By skintchick 30th Jul 08, 12:43 AM
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    Give it back, like I would anything i saw someone drop. To do anything esle is theft.
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  • skintas
    keep it, would she give it back to me if it was the other way around...no...sorry, she may have won it, but the cash inst in her hand yet, so in theory she hasnt had the money yet, so how can she miss it
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  • stogiebear
    I'm guessing that if she is jabbering about it on the phone then the amount isn't that much. But my first instinct was 'How do I remove her prints and DNA from the ticket!'
    • pixwix
    • By pixwix 30th Jul 08, 1:42 AM
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    Absolutely not. Couldn't face myself in a mirror.

    But unless the prize was for a very small amount, I wouldn't simply place the ticket back into her hand. Given that possession is 9 points of the law, she'd need to accompany me to the nearest solicitor's office where the ticket would be formally returned in exchange for a legally binding promise of a 10% reward. Fair's fair...
    • Taffybiker
    • By Taffybiker 30th Jul 08, 6:19 AM
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    Since I would know who the ticket belonged to I would definately give it back. There may be a nice little reward for doing so - I would offer one.
    If the circumstances were different and I found the ticket without knowing whose it was, then it's finders keepers.
    • Taffybiker
    • By Taffybiker 30th Jul 08, 6:21 AM
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    The same would apply to money.
  • zaney155
    Money Moral Dilemma Lottery Ticket
    Would I keep the ticket?
    Damn right I would!
    If she can`t look after her winning ticket, that`s her hard kuck!
    • LoveLifeAgain
    • By LoveLifeAgain 30th Jul 08, 7:22 AM
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    LoveLifeAgain
    Would certainly go after her and hand it back as it belongs to her and not me. Would never enter my mind to keep it.
    • Dorrie
    • By Dorrie 30th Jul 08, 7:39 AM
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    I'm with the majority here - would give it back. Would certainly try and find her in the shopping centre. I would even go to the security centre for their help if needs be (e.g. check the monitors, etc) or the customer service centre and ask them to put out a call over the tannoy - after all, I know what she looks like!
  • Shaggy123
    Definitely. Not give it back that is. If guilt hit me I'd find out her address and leave half the amount in cash on her doorstep in a brown envelope.
  • brunix
    Latin wisdom :-)
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