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Why can’t people do the Right thing?

My Uncle asked rhetorically, “Why can’t people just do the right thing?” and i’ve been quoting him ever since.

I usually try to think of a story people can relate to, but his story is the best. He was standing in line at the store, and there was a long line at the cashier.

And of course there was an item without a price tag, and of course it was a sale item. Empathizing with the other people in line, he tried to speed things up. He showed the cashier the ad from the current sales ad, and showed her the price was $1.38 or something.

This is why my policy is if I can’t figure out the price at the aisle I will buy it somewhere else. I’ve picked up an item with no price and looked at the tag on the shelf and it says something, but then when I get to the cashier they ring up something else, then I tell them i’m not buying it for that price and then they want to talk to you about it. “let me check the price”, “i’ll re-ring it for you”, “this isn’t the one on sale, i can show you the other one”, “it rang up correctly yesterday”, blah blah blah ! i don’t want to waste 2 minutes discussing my purchase decision with the cashier ! ugh ! or decide i’m getting something then have it in my head my plans when i get home, then have to change my plans at the cash register because the weirdos didn’t want to let everyone know how much their item costs in the aisle.

Anyway, so my Uncle tells the cashier, here’s the ad showing it is $1.38, the full-size version is $2.58, here’s $3, just let me have it for the $3 and you can check the price later, keep the change, and we won’t be holding up the line. So, of course, she called for a “Price Check”.

Now, even though there is no huge political or socio-economic situation here, it is still a judgement call on the cashier’s part. Not everyone agrees on what should have happened, most people cite the fact that a lot of stores would fire the cashier if she had done it, but the raw situation is pretty clear.

The point really is that people are faced with these types of decisions everyday. Watch Saw VI if you get a chance, outside of the blood and gore you will see the ethical dilemmas that people have and disagree on.

Why is it we have court trials where everyone agrees what should happen, but we accept when it doesn’t happen? We say, that’s the way the law works, the way the court works, we have to accept it. sometimes we don’t have the power to change things. there are so many situations we see where we wonder, why don’t they do what’s best instead of just trying to get the most money? and you know the answer, that’s the problem ! because they are worried about/want the money.

Jon doesn’t care about his and Kate’s kids. the Government doesn’t care about fair effective Health Care. your grocery store doesn’t really care if you get the best price. the Dollar Store makes money because even they are overcharging you for their products.

and what i think is troubling is that you say “hey where are the people that are supposed to do something about these things?”, and you have to think about it before you realize those people are there and they don’t work for us the way they’re supposed to anymore. the Better Business Bureau, Capitalism, Democracy, the Constitution, our Congressmen and women.

another example more people can probably see without all the political influence: what about these celebrities who get married and have everything and there’s no prenuptial agreement. they get a divorce and then you hear that it’s gotten crazy, the guy got married to this huge girl rocker when he was a homeless bum in a cornfield in Nevada, and how he’s not happy with the $60M she offered, he wants $80M because he’s afraid of being homeless again. What?

It’s hard for me to imagine being a Congressman and looking at a Bill going through and deciding to take $100,000 from the Oil Companies, regardless of the fact that my Constituents and myself want fuel-efficient cars. There have to be people who are concerned with other things besides the money.


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