Sunday, February 19, 2006

Moral dilemma?

A woman found a camera and thinks she's doing the right thing by returning just the photos, but not the camera, to the person who lost it. Is she? Should the person who lost the camera let it go?
What would you do in either position?

2/22 UPDATE: contrast with this (via Boing Boing).

3 comments:

gid said...

If someone lost their car in a parking lot and someone else found it, is it then theirs to keep? Would you just return the purse on the front seat and the contents of the glove compartment? I guess I would need more background as to why this is even a moral decision. Does she feel she does not have to return it because it does not have a vin number that the authorities can track down or is it because it does not cost as much as a car so it is not as big of a deal? Without more info my conclusion would be that the person liked the camera, and is in effect stealing it; especially if she knows who to return it to and does not. My 2 cents...

alice said...

Thanks for the response. I was hoping for a discussion, but weekend threads often end up dying on the vine. I tried to pose the question without leading, even though I think the woman who found the camera is way out of line (and kind of a crappy parent -- what kind of lesson is she teaching that child?!?). I agree with you that the camera should be returned, and perhaps the person who lost the camera should reimburse her for shipping plus a small reward for the trouble. But at this point, there unfortunately doesn't seem to be much hope for a civil resolution to the situation, so it'd probably be best for the person who lost the camera to just be thankful for the photos (it wasn't a TOTAL loss) and walk away...

chad edwards said...

I've given it some thought and I think it would entirely wrong to give back the film and not the camera. I have a special distrust for people who do something nice for someone and immediately expect something in return. Maybe I'm just too small town, simple or naive, but even if the person I returned it to offered me the camera, I wouldn't take it.