Tonight, I was going to my local deli for a quick bite. After placing my order, I realized I left my wallet behind at home and I only had checks in my purse which they did not accept. I started to walk out and explained to them that I left my wallet at home and would have to go back to get it when they told to me to come back because they would buy my meal.
I told them that they shouldn't have to do that, but they kind of insisted on offering me the free meal so I took it. I felt a little uneasy about it though. They said I shouldn't feel obligated to pay it back the next time I stopped in even though I would have preferred to do so.
I guess what makes me uneasy about this incident is that someone could potentially pretend to be forgetful to their advantage, hoping to score a free meal. Which isn't fair or right at all.
I've worked in various fast food places, so I'm aware of the scams that some customers will use to get free food, including the "I accidentally left my wallet behind" trick. I've also seen customers, plant their own hairs in their food and pretended that they dropped something just to get extra.
Most of the time, the restaurant gave the customers the extra food even when the employees were sure that the customer wasn't being honest. I know that having dissatisfied customers can seriously hurt business and a restaurant may be better off just giving free meals on occasion, even if they lose a little money because they could lose even more money if they lose customers due to dissatisfaction. Still it sickens me, that dishonest people who take advantage of the system get more than the honest people.
So anyway, are my feelings toward this in anyway type related? Such as an LII sense of justice thing?