Hastings Informative - Was I stealing?
FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO -- I took my family to the local Hastings (video/DVD rentals, CD's, magazines, etc...) in search of some evening entertainment. We rented Captain America and Wrong Turn-4. I'll save the movie reviews for another day, and keep this limited to the check-out experience.
While standing in line, I was perusing through the magazines, candy selections, and such. I decided upon some microwave popcorn. It was only $.99, so I decided to grab two of them. When it was my turn, I laid the popcorn and videos on the counter top, and chit-chatted with my wife.
When the cashier asked me for the dollar amount, I paid him and asked for a bag. When he went to reach for the popcorn, it was then that he realized he hadn't charged me for them. He was somewhat befuddled by the mistake, and didn't seem too eager to process another transaction, or re-ring my original sale. So he said to me, "I forgot to ring these up, my mistake. Go ahead and take them." I replied, "No that's okay, go ahead and charge me." He replied, "No, that's my mistake, so go ahead. They (management) can get mad at me if they want, and take it from my drawer...it's only $2 anyways."
So there's my dilemma...
Do I take the popcorn, unpaid for. Or do I call over management and insist they charge me for it. I was at a spiritual crossroads per say. I offered to pay, but the employee (and the business he represents) declined to accept.
Is it stealing?