A few weeks ago, I wrote about an ethical dilemma surrounding my patronage of Chick-fil-A eateries and securing extra packets of Heinz Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets with the intention of using them at other restaurants I frequent.
My question to readers, was whether or not I was stealing from Chick-fil-A when I asked my server for the extra condiments
The feedback I received was split down the middle.
Half of the readers thought I was stealing because I was not consuming the ketchup within the restaurant.
The other half said I was not stealing because there’s no written law requiring a buyer to consume the entire meal at one sitting.
Furthermore, how can you steal what you’ve openly asked for and been given without any kind of coercion??
There were valid arguments on both sides of this burning ethical issue.
To help resolve my cognitive dissonance and inner turmoil, my wife took action.
On Valentine’s Day she gave me my own package of 10 Heinz Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets [see second photo insert].
Saints be praise, my ethical issue was resolved!
However, as with most grey moral issues, the resolution of one ethical dilemma has produced another vexing question for me.
The new issue, is whether I should return the original D&S packets that I still have from my previous trips to Chick-fil-A???
Question: Should I give back the extra product that has not reached expiration?