Here’s a roundup of tricky money questions:
The first question: You get home from the store, and realize that your kid has stolen something. But it’s worth less than a dollar. Do you have to go back? The answer is yes, according to Michael Josephson, founder of the Josephson Institute for Ethics. He says it’s the principle that counts – not the cost of the item. In fact, in order to make the biggest impression on your child, you have to go back right away. It’s also why you may get this question in a job interview: ”If you saw someone take 25 cents from the cash register, would you report it?” The answer is yes, because it’s not about the amount, it’s about the fact that they were stealing.
The next question: Is it okay to sneak food into a movie theatre. No. David Callahan is the author of The Cheating Culture. And he says that that a lot of people think it’s okay to smuggle treats into a movie theatre because charging $6 for a box of Gummy Bears is outrageous. But look at it this way: Restaurants charge more for food than grocery stores, yet most people wouldn’t dream of sneaking a sandwich into their favorite diner. Also, theaters make most of their money from concessions, not from the box office. So, if everyone snuck in food, the cost of a ticket would skyrocket.
And the last money etiquette question: If you’re invited to a merchandise party by a friend or coworker, do you have to buy something? It depends. Marianne Jennings is a professor of ethical studies at Arizona State University. And she says that if you know beforehand that you won’t purchase anything, you should decline the invitation, because by accepting their hospitality, you’re kind of agreeing to help them out. But if you’re on the fence, go with an open mind. And if you choose not to buy, simply tell your host that nothing caught your eye, and thank them for their hospitality.