$100 for Honesty

As a child I distinctly remember my parents emphasizing honesty.  I’m not just talking about ‘no lying-always tell the truth’ type of honesty, but the type that’ if you find money on the street to go and donate it’ type.

However, there was one particular time where I was especially tempted to fall into the trap of shaytaan.  This trap was highly appealing due to the monetary value involved.

I was a college student and my roommate was going to the mall.  I had asked her to return something for me at The Limited and in return I told her they would give me a $50 store credit.

Once she came home she handed me the receipt along with the gift card.  I read over the receipt and instead of a $50 credit, it said $150 on it.

Bare in mind I was a college student and $150 was considered a jackpot for me.  Actually, its still a jackpot.

So I called the number on back of the giftcard and yep it was true, I had a good  $150 to spend.

As I was surfing the Limited site, Jiminy Cricket (Pinnochio’s conscious) dropped by.  I forgot to mention it was the month of Ramadan therefore Jiminy Cricket was more like a Jiminy Hippopotamus.(Shaytaan is locked up in Ramadan therefore you think twice about what you do). The hippo lead me to calling my mother, and she said one thing that hit home.

You wear hijab, you represent Islam, if you go in that store and return this card then it’ll give a good impression of Muslims”.

I instantly realized that returning the extra $100 is the right thing to do.

The next day I drove to the mall, walked into The Limited and went up to the cashier and told her what happened, her response

So you’re telling me we gave you $100 extra on this gift card?”  said the clerk.

That’s right I replied.  “Well i’m gonna have to call my manager about this” said the clerk.

The manager came out and again I explained to her what happened.

So let me get this straight,” said the manager. “We made the error of giving you $150 instead of $50 and you came back to let us know so that we can give you the correct refund?”

I nodded enthusiastically.

“I apologize for this error ma’am, but I’m really sorry you are just going to have to keep this gift card at the value of $150!” said the manager with a big grin on her face.

So, basically I got $100 for being honest, and I’m sure a good few people went home that night thinking that Muslim people are honest (and kinda crazy).

Needless to say, I did some Eid shopping at the Limited that year.

Something to be conscious about….

4 thoughts on “$100 for Honesty

  1. Sometimes I wonder if I would do the same? I know that I should alert the store if a similar situation occurs to me but then again sometimes I think well it’s their fault! Am I justifying something that is wrong?

  2. Good article.It reminds me of when our daughter was around 2 years old we went shopping and she picked up a choclate bar which we did not notice however once we reached our car my wife saw the choclate and asked me if I had paid for it, I told her no, I only paid for the items in the cart. My wife against my protests went back to the store and paid for the chocolate bar. This is one of the many reasons I Love her so much.

  3. I accumulate points on my credit card that can then be redeemed for gift cards. After compiling a hefty lot of points, I called my credit card company and requested $125 in Bed Bath and Beyond gift cards. Shortly after, I changed my mind and thought I’d redeem for a different store. I called and cancelled the order. Ten days later, I received my $125 gift cards in the mail.

    I logged into my account and confirmed that my points were still in tact. I called and explained the issue. They said there’s no way for them to really take that back and they asked me to destroy the cards. Say what?! Destroy the gift cards? Well the cards already have a balance so my credit card company already paid for them, if you known what I mean.

    I called again and tried to explain that these cards have a balance and I’d just rather return it back to the credit card company rather than destroying them. I got the same response and the person on the phone agreed with me that it does sound like a waste but unfortunately that’s the way it is. Well, what can I do. I reached out to my scissors and cut the $125 in pieces and threw it on the garbage.

  4. mashAllah that’s a good story and the last one had the hardest lesson of all! I’m sure that was a difficult thing to do. May Allah swt give you even more in this dunya and the Akhira, ameen:)

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