That was mighty big of you to do that in all of those cases, BU.Let me judge myself for you. After all I know my life best.
I haven't been perfect by any means. I was quite the careless individual in my youth and have made many mistakes. However those days are history and I have learned from my mistakes and have not repeated them. No I'm not some criminal and never have been. My life continues to get better from personal experiences and by learning from mistakes and by others mistakes, that's the best way to learn lol. I have become quite the respectable,helpfull and honest person. Yes many times people take advantge of this but I tend to avoid such selfish individuals.
A couple years ago I was at the local smokehouse picking up some processed venison. The bill was $103. I gave the gal two $50s and a $5. She put the $$$ under the drawer. I didn't think twice about it untill she proceded to give me a couple $20s ect. Then it dawned on me she had thought I gave her 3-$50s. I told her this is too much change. She checked what she put under the drawer and sure enough 2-$50s and a $5. She was embarassed but all ended up good.
Not long ago I ordered an alternator for my truck. It was $126. Had to wait 3 days to pick it up and pay for it. I called the store a few times the day it was supposed to be there wanting to get it in my truck ASAP. When it finally came in I went to get it and the guy put it on the counter and said there you go sorry for the delay and walked away. I said wait a minute I need to pay for this, and did.
Last year I went to a local club for lunch. Wrote a $20 check and put it in my wallet to cover food there. When I got to the club the kitchen was closed for remodeling. Then I though ship I need to cash this to have money to get lunch somewhere else now. So I gave it to the bartender and he brought back $200 and handed it to me. I stood there for a second counting the money thinking what is all this for? Then it dawned on me he really f'd up. I yelled to him "hey this is too much" he said you cashed a check for $200, I said no it was for $20. He went to the register looked at the check again and said oh ship your right, I could have swore it was for $200. I left with my $20 and all was good once again.
On 11-29-09 me and a friend were on our way to hunt pheasants. We stopped at a truck stop for breakfast. The bill came to $15.36, when I went to pay for it I gave the gal a $20. She gave me back $14.36, I said wait this is too much she looked puzzled as I was handing her back the $10 and the .36, I then told her she just owes me .64 now since I still had the 4 singles. Then she recalculated it and realized she goofed and thanked me for being honest.
I just hope someone is just as honest when it's my turn to make a mistake.
I have been called a fool ect for doing such things, but when you think about it this IS the right thing to do. I'm sure some here will be along shortly to condem/ridicule me but oh well that's the way most people are.
No I'n not a super star and never will be, don't want to be either. Just one person trying to make this screwed up world a bit better any way I can and setting a good example is the best way I can think of to do it.