Frugality is great. I live by frugal principles, and love being frugal. Sometimes though, people will use frugality as an excuse to become involved in unethical behaviors.
Some behaviors are obviously unethical, and are used by people trying to hide behind the cloak of being frugal:
- * Keeping an accidental overage from an overworked cashier.
- * Instead of taking one free pen from a bank or store, you take a handful.
- * Not telling a cashier if they forget to ring up some of your order.
- * “You buy an item and you use it a few times and then return it because you’re done with it.”
- * You lie about age — you say that your 13-year-old is younger so that you only have to pay the child rate, or you lie about your age to get the senior citizen discount.
- *Utilizing a “no-questions-asked return policy” for items you have thoroughly used and enjoyed in order to receive a new model.
- * Asking for a cup for water at a fast food place, but then filling it with soda instead.
- * Claiming that a vending machine took your money when you didn’t even use it.
- * Leeching a neighbor’s wireless connection without permission.
Some areas are not so obvious. What about the gray areas? Is it okay to take your own treats to sporting events or to the movie theatre? Even though it is against the “rules”, does it truly cross the line?
What do you all think? When does something to save money become unethical? Where should the line be drawn?