What would you do? (As if I didn't know . . . .)

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  1. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    Saturday night my friend Buddy and I played one of our usual pub gigs at a bar here in Augusta, Maine.

    The downtown tree lighting was that night, so the bar was packed, and we did well (for us) on tips.

    BUT -

    There was one certifiably inebriated drunk there, and when we started counting tips, his $100 bill (folded inside his $20 tip) quickly floated to the top. He's a thirty-something very working-class guy, an affable bonehead, and a regular there.

    I took the C-note to the bartender/manager and said, "Look what your drunken friend did." And gave it to her to hold for him.

    The guys sitting at the bar were impressed that we were willing to part with the (again, for us) glorious tip.

    The way we left it was that if the drunk wants it back, he can have it. If he doesn't retrieve it (he hasn't yet), it's ours.

    It just felt like taking candy from a baby. And we like being on good terms with a friendly pub that likes our music.

    What do you think? Did we make the right call? Or did we squander a legitimate tribute to our musical genius? What would you have done?
     
  2. chulaivet1966

    chulaivet1966 Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes....you did the right thing....and he will not only remember that gesture after recovering from his inebriated stupor, he will repeat the story countless times over his lifetime.
    Damn fine free PR if you ask me.

    That's my take on it....back to it.
     
  3. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I hear you, good job. I have kept $100 tips but they were from peeps known to be well off.
     
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    Yes, and good on you! It will come back around.
     
  5. Peegoo

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    You did the right thing [bravolingus!] because sometimes some people are simply irresponsible and you have to help them.

    Ya done good!
     
  6. 8barlouie

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    Unquestionably, you did a good thing. I’m a little unsure why it’s still up in the air. This happened Saturday night. Presumably, the drunk guy was asked if he had meant to leave that tip. Yet you say he hasn’t picked it back up yet. Why does he still have the option?
     
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    39martind18 Tele-Afflicted

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    ARE YOU KIDDING?!!!! RETURN A HUNDRED DOLLAR TIP?!!!!:eek: Proud of you for your honesty! I'd like to think I'd do the same thing. Good on you! :D:lol:
     
  8. 24 track

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    Look the guy was a goof but being inebreated is no excuse for doing dumb things , having said that , taking advantage of the situation would have been wrong , you showed deffinate charactor not to take advantage of that. Kudos to you, and if you some how end up with it because he did not claim it , you deserve it , well played!
     
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    How do you know that he didn’t do it on purpose? You might have kicked a gift horse in the mouth!
     
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    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    You're a good guy Charlie. It was the right thing to do. You'll get it back in spades when you least expect it.
     
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    You did a stand up thing. You may have lost $100, but you gain immeasurably in Karma.... ;)
     
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    No doubt, the right thing to do. You are a good person. People like good people.
     
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    You're a rare breed Sir!
     
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    good man
     
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    Hahahahahahaha this is funny (maybe).

    I'm the treasurer of my 12 step home group, and a few weeks ago I found a $100 bill in with the ones and fives in the basket.
    At the end I announced that we got a $100 bill in the basket, so if anyone put in in by accident they could let me know and I'd give it back, figuring that many live paycheck to paycheck and would be in a bind if accidentally short that much.

    As it turned out, it was a counterfeit hundred.
    Put in as a joke, claimed by the joker to be a test to see what I would do.
    He wanted it back but I told him the 7th Tradition money didn't belong to me so i couldn't give it back. Of course that wasn't really true since I'd offered to give it back if someone hadn't meant to put it in, but I didn't like the idea of this individual playing tricks on 12 step meeting members.
     
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    may the hundy return to you a hundred fold .. :)

    it wasn't the last one on earth...;)
     
  17. telemnemonics

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    1B5426B4-72AE-4C38-AEE2-22581236F3FA.jpeg How does it compare to this one found in Old Orchard Beach?
     
  18. djh22

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    It was the right thing to do. You're a good man Charlie!
     
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    A few years ago, I had a special ed student show up to class flashing a $50 bill. Another teacher, a former cop, saw it and ascertained it was counterfeit. He contacted the Secret Service office in Dallas, and they sent two agents out to check it. Sure enough, it was fake, and they confiscated the bill. You don't get reimbursed for counterfeit money, so the kid was just out "his" $50. The lesson he probably learned? Don't show your teachers any money you might have.
     
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