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Subject: Re: Ex-employer overpaid, wants money back. Date: 5/14/2004 8:55 AM
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May I just make a quick statement?

You don't have to condemn the OP and call him a liar. However, it is also not wrong to tell him that IF he was in fact overpaid, that the morally right thing for him to do would be to pay back the money. It seems to me that the reason folks are getting upset with the OP is that he is simply stating that he doesn't have to return the money, even if he does in fact owe it. And I don't care what society or religon you are raised in, that is morally and ethically wrong. And there is no moral relativism to that statement. Taking things that aren't yours is wrong for everyone in every society around the world.

Not having the money right now is also not an excuse. If I use a credit card and a few months later I lose my job. I can't call the credit card company and say I don't have the money and expect them to forgive the debt. Yes, there is bankruptcy, but there are also consequences for doing that.

The sad thing is that far too many folks in the world today throw out the idea of right and wrong when money is at stake. I am not surprised to listen to the OP try to find a way to keep the money, nor am I surprised at the number of folks who don't think it is wrong for him to do so.

*shrug* I hope that the OP thinks hard on this. What would he want done if he found out that someone had taken some money of his, accidental or not, and he just found out? Would he hope that person would behave honorably and simply return it? Would he fight for it? Or would he tell himself that it was his mistake that allowed that person to take that money so that person should keep it? If he has children, what would he want his children to learn from this experience?

I think the world would be a much better place if more people thought about their decisions and how they affect the world around them. I am not religious in any way, but that doesn't mean that I don't believe in morality and ethics.

Windy
(...just throwing in my thoughts...)
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