DO­ING THE RIGHT THING

DRUM - - Ed's Note -

IWORK as a cashier in a con­ve­nience store. A cus­tomer left the shop with­out tak­ing his wal­let, which con­tained his bank cards, driver’s li­cence and R1 200 cash.

I put the wal­let in a safe place, know­ing the cus­tomer would cer­tainly come back for it, which he did, about an hour later. With­out hes­i­ta­tion I gave the wal­let to him with a smile. When he was sat­is­fied the con­tents were still in­tact he just said, “Thank you”, and left the shop.

Sub­se­quently my col­leagues said I should’ve asked for a re­ward from the man. There was a big fuss about the mat­ter, so much so that at first I re­gret­ted my de­ci­sion to not ask for a re­ward.

But I soon came to my senses. I cursed the kind of peo­ple many of us South Africans have be­come. How can I ex­pect to be re­warded for do­ing the right thing? By keep­ing the wal­let in a safe place, I was help­ing my fel­low hu­man be­ing. That’s Ubuntu. It was up to him to de­cide whether to re­ward me or not.

Some of my col­leagues said I shouldn’t have given him his wal­let back. They seem to for­get that what goes around comes around. As hu­man be­ings we must help one an­other with­out ex­pect­ing com­pen­sa­tion. We’ll cer­tainly get it when the time is right. CON­CERNED CIT­I­ZEN, EMAIL

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