Ethical Dilemma Reasoning

  • Option 3: ´Someone left money sticking out of an ATM machine and there’s nobody in sight. Nobody but Ben, that is. If he takes it, does that make him a thief? What should he do?

You could either way with this and in my opinion there isn’t a right or wrong answer, but If I were in this situation I would take the money and not loose a minute of sleep that night. Whether you think I’m wrong or right for doing that is your opinion, but If Ben takes the money that does not make him a thief. A thief knows where and who they are stealing from. Ben doesn’t know it’s just like finding money on the ground. I was walking through our county fair a couple years ago and I found 17 dollars laying on the ground and I picked it up and put it in my pocket. I can name numerous times that I’ve picked up money of the ground or witnessed one of my friends or a stranger pick money up off the ground. There isn’t anything Ben can do about it. It’s not Ben’s fault that someone left money laying around. It would be different if Ben saw the person leave the money in the ATM and then didn’t bother to tell that person. I’ve seen someone drop a couple of dollars out of there pocket and I picked it up and gave it back to them. Now if I didn’t give it back that would be a different story. If this makes Ben a thief then every time you find a penny or quarter laying on the ground in the parking lot then you’re a thief as well. There is a difference between someone being a thief and someone who’s having a lucky day. How many human beings do you know that would not take that money? What would you do in this situation?

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