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Do The Right Thing

Email of the Day: My Son Learned Two Lessons About Doing the Right Thing

By Dr. Laura on December 14, 2023
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When my son was still a child, he really wanted a game for his gaming system. He and I went to the store, but the game was out of our budget, so we decided to wait. When we got back to our car, two game cartridges were wedged under our right front tire! I told him those were not ours to keep, and we had to bring them into the store, as they may have been stolen. He was disappointed, but we met with the Security Manager, who asked for my name and phone number. My son realized that we couldn’t take things that were not ours, and to do so inadvertently was the same as stealing.


Four months later, the store manager called and asked us to come in. When we arrived, she gave us the two games we had found. They had researched their inventory and weren’t short any games from theft. No one had come in to claim them either. Their policy was to give any returned property if not claimed within 4 months to the Good Samaritan who brought it in. So, my son got the game for the right reason. He kept one and gave the second game to a friend whose family was struggling. It was a teaching moment about giving to others. We always looked for those with our kids as they grew up. Now we do it with our grandchildren.




My Son Learned Two Lessons About Doing the Right Thing


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