DOING THE RIGHT THING
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