Morality Question of the Day - 11/30/09

Discussion in 'Ethics, Morality, & Justice' started by Thoreau, Nov 30, 2009.


Do you swap the ticket with yours?

  1. Yes. Show me the money!

    4 vote(s)
  2. No. She is the winner, let her have it.

    7 vote(s)
  1. Thoreau Valued Senior Member

    You’re standing in line behind a 103 year old lady waiting to have her lottery ticket checked. It falls out of her pocket. You pick it up and notice it’s the winning ticket. Do you swap it with yours?

    (By the way, if you haven't noticed, I will be posting these questions on a daily basis, Monday through Friday each week.)
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  3. Enmos Valued Senior Member

    Nope. I give it back to her.
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  5. shichimenshyo Caught in the machine Registered Senior Member

    No, you give her back the ticket.
    who knows she might even give you a buck or two for being honest.
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  7. kurros Registered Senior Member

    Lol, I'd give it back, although I'd actually be kind of worried that she would drop dead as soon as she found out she'd won, so maybe I'd be doing her a favour if I kept it

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  8. Nesm Registered Senior Member

    Easier to answer when one option makes a thief of a person.

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    But what if it is only me that knows I took the lottery ticket, and there is no chance of the truth ever coming to light. No-one else is harmed or made poorer for my decision. Bear in mind she's not yet won, and so she is not yet richer for it. A week later I have my memory erased. Am I still a criminal?

    If no-one knows of my crime, then who can label me a criminal? Only I can do that , and when I lose my memory - all knowledge of my crime disappears.
  9. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

    I would never steal from her. Don't care if she was on her last leg and might be dead tomorrow, I'd never do it.
  10. visceral_instinct Monkey see, monkey denigrate Valued Senior Member

    I would give it back.
  11. draqon Banned Banned

    I will take it, she is too old to use the money wisely anyways. I will cash in the money and give her some money as a "gift".
  12. swarm Registered Senior Member

    Its difficult to really predict what you'll do in a pinch but I'll go with give to her and hope she's a big tipper.

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  13. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    Nonsense. The old woman will be harmed by losing a windfall gain that was rightfully hers, perhaps to bequeath to relatives or friends or charities on her death.

    Yes. You stole her ticket.

    Nobody, but that doesn't mean you aren't one.

  14. krokah Registered Senior Member

    Keep the ticket but offer her some money from the winnings..

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