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A question of scruples.............
November 10, 2006
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OK. Here's the deal. I am currently in between jobs right now, will start a permanent part time job in about a month.

In the interim, I had done a one-time project as an independent contractor.

I faxed in my new hire paperwork along with my time sheets and calculated my pay to be roughly $265.

Well, today, I check with my bank and find that there was a direct deposit for $446.

I am tempted to call the company and explain the oversight - but right now - this money is really coming in handy to pay the bills.

What to do....what to do?

I am thinking - for right now to just lay low until I receive the hard copy in the mail explaining how that figure was calculated. I would hate for the mix-up to cause someone else being short changed.

This is a rather small company. I mention this only because if it was some big ole conglomerate, I would feel less guilty in just keeping my mouth shut.

For the most part, I am a pretty honest gal. Once found a credit card in a dept store near the pay phone and turned it in with no qualms.

I have given money back to cashiers in the past that have given me too much money back....and even returned some keys that were stuck in the mailbox in the complex where I live earlier in the week.

sigh.

Would love to get some feedback on this one.

Thanks!

November 11, 2006
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This is money for the one-time contract that you had? Or is it from your former company?

Just wait for the hard copy with the mail, and see what they calculated. I wouldn't spend the money if you are not yet sure if it is really yours.

I think you are doing the right thing šŸ™‚

November 11, 2006
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How about: if you really need the money, spend it now, but give it back (and 20$ more to compensate) when you have your own money later. A month or two shouldnt be a problem. Just tell them yea, you really needed the money at that time, but you're returning it now and with 20$/10 extra to compensate for the delay in returning it back.

November 11, 2006
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I'd transfer the difference over to savings, and then wait for a hard copy in the mail. Chances are it'll be figured out if it's a mistake kuz of auditing, and you don't need those problems.

the fact that it's already eating at ya- I say don't spend the money. it'll eat at ya more.

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November 13, 2006
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Thanks all for your comments. Eve, yes this is just a one-time project deal.

I will wait for the hard copy in the mail - then take it from there.

So nice to get feedback. I really do appreciate it!

November 17, 2006
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If you feel that it isn't your money you need to point it out and return it. BAD KARMA

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November 17, 2006
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you know me....

Let them know about it. You know the whole "Reap what you Sow" thing. Sometimes these things turn in your favor, as you become an employee they can TRUST, which eventually may lead to more responsibility...more money. Consider it to be maybe a "test of your character"...definition, integrity "what one does when no one is looking."

Hard, i know esp when you need the money.
Best to you.

November 17, 2006
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Easy for you all to say, she has bills to pay. If she doesnt have ANY options, I would support returning the money after a month. If I was a boss and my employee said she wanted to return the money after a month, I could let her. What does a few hundered dollars over a month do to a company? Nothing. And no I dont take stuff from my own office. Infact, I brought in some of my own stuff to work in the office with (which I should really ask them to buy but thats my problem of assertiveness). I even took my digital camera there. Its more hassle borrowing the company's camera. People are using it and I'm not using mine so I thought I'll use it while I need it and bring it back later. Doesnt matter.

November 18, 2006
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I agree with you guest, HOWEVER.

It's not necessarily about morals or ethics.

I wouldn't want the problems associated with them finding out I got overpaid and couldn't give the money back.

I wouldn't want the worry associated with whether or not they were gonna find out and want the money back.

In all honesty, if it were me, I would have never even CAUGHT the discrepancy. I wouldn't have even KNOWN they over paid me. I would've just went yippee- figuring I had extra money comin. And I'da spent it.

With no worries, whatsever- just yippees and hoorays.

Sometimes, ignorance IS bliss.

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November 18, 2006
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Free!

"I would've just went yippee- figuring I had extra money comin. And I'da spent it."

Sugar? Is this why you are a Bling Butt?

............couldn't resist.

November 18, 2006
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free I guess it really depends on how much she needs the money. She could say later "oops, i didnt notice before. Now I did, here's the money".

She could also just tell the people that she'll return it in a month, I'm sure they'll agree. I think thats the best thing to do. Oh well. I need to get money too.

November 19, 2006
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I think yea, in this case, since she has found out that she has more money, she should go back and tell she has more, but tell them, can she return it after a month since with coincindence, she happens to need it? I think this is the best thing to do.

November 19, 2006
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VERY funny bevdee!

very funny.

I guess I did set myself up for that one.

šŸ™‚

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November 19, 2006
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It's ok sugar - you're so cute!

Bevdee

November 26, 2006
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Would you have spoken up if it was less money than you calculated?

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