The Avocado Incident: A Valuable Lesson In Godliness

by Julie Wilson on February 27, 2013

in Daily Update, Family, Shopping

A New Love

I have recently fallen in love with avocados! I will say I always liked them a lot, but never bought them consistently. I bought six last week, and thought I would spread them out throughout the two weeks. Well, that didn’t go so well. I ate them all the first week, and I couldn’t imagine going a whole week without them. The best thing is no one in my house eats them, so they are all mine!

Last night, I thought I would get restocked on my avocados. My husband went to the store with me while my mom watched the kids. I paid 49 cents for the avocados I got last week at Aldi. Well, we didn’t want to go out that way, so we just went to the store by our house. I thought they may be a little bit more, but to my surprise they were $1.25 apiece. I was not happy, but I wanted my avocados! So, we swallowed the cost.

A Possible Bargain

We went up to the register with Greek yogurt, eggs, and 4 avocados. The lady rang them up and we were in a hurry to get out and go back home. As we are walking out, we were talking about how it was cheaper than we thought it would be. We looked at the receipt and realized that the cashier had only charged us for one avocado. My husband and I looked at each other with blank stares.

This may not seem like a really big deal for most, but for us it was a decision we knew that we had to make. We talked about how we probably should go back in and pay for the other 3 she forgot to charge us for. We talked about how her drawer wouldn’t be short and no one would probably notice. We weren’t happy about paying that price either. We even talked about how the line was long, and we’d have to go stand in line again.

We were literally standing outside in the cold air discussing this. But, we are Christians. We are to live honestly. We are parents, and want to set examples for our children. We walked back in with our receipt and our avocados.

The cashier looked at us, and was confused as to why we were back in line. We told her that we were only charged for one and we wanted to pay for the other three. She seemed shocked, almost in disbelief. She was quiet and obviously caught off guard. People don’t do this often, apparently. She thanked us and said she really appreciated us doing that. We paid and went on our way.

Valuable Lesson

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16

We have to walk the walk and live out the Word. What good does it do to read Scripture and then live our lives without living it out? It was simple, it was the right thing to do. If we had walked out, knowing we didn’t pay for them, I see it as stealing. In reality it was something very minor, and it wouldn’t have been the end of the world, but it’s the small things like this that make people see something different about you. Who knows if we had planted a seed or two just by paying for avocados?

We also were able to go home and tell our children what had happened. At 12 years old and 9 years old, they were surprised that we didn’t just go because it was their mistake. We explained that doing the right thing all the time is important. It doesn’t matter who knows around us, Christ sees us. We are to live and represent Christ in a way that is pleasing to Him. What a valuable lesson for our kids, more valuable than a few extra bucks we could have saved on those avocados!

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{ 8 comments }

bruce little February 27, 2013 at 9:55 am

we all should be like that,even your so called saved people would’nt do that,my hat’s off to you for being honest.

Julie Wilson February 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Thank you:)

Brick By Brick Investing | Marvin February 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

I have been in that situation before, I am glad you guys did the right thing. Definitely setting the example for your children and I’m sure it will come back to you 10 fold. As for the avocados I love them too, especially when I sprinkle Old Bay on them!

Julie Wilson February 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Thank you so much. Yes, I am hoping our kids will remember this!

Paul @ The Frugal Toad February 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Pretty sad statement when the cashier is shocked that you were paying for food that you were not charged for. You did the right thing, something that we should expect from others and ourselves!
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Julie Wilson March 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I know, but it is how things are now in the world. We just have to try to do our part:)

Listen Money Matters March 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

That’s really big of you guys, most lesser people would take the money and run. You’re probably right that they might not have noticed them missing and her draw wouldn’t have been short but sometimes you just need to act on principle.
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Julie Wilson March 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Thank you. I just hope our children learned something big:)

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