(Author’s Note: This update is related to a previous article found here.)
It happened again.
I was buying a pack of gum at a local convenience store. As I walked away from the cash register, I noticed that I was given too much change.
She was offended that I returned the money to her.
But, that’s not the worst part.
I went to my client’s house immediately afterwards. The mother wasn’t home, yet. So, the child and I had a nice conversation before she arrived.
“You know what karma is, right?” I told the child.
“Yes, Ma’am!” she said.
“Never, ever keep the money when someone gives you too much change. Or, if they undercharge you. You’ll pay double karma, in return,” I said.
She agreed. Smart child, she knew exactly what karma was, and how it works.
When the mother came home, I told her about all my experiences of receiving too much change, and being undercharged at a numerous amount of stores – in the last few weeks. I really thought her response would be akin to my own, since her profession surrounds profit and loss.
That is not what happened.
“You’re being blessed!” she said, when I told her that I was undercharged almost 100.00 at a local hardware store.
I paused for a split second. Her daughter’s face fell, as she listened to her mother imply that she would have kept the money.
“No,” I said. “Karma. I haven’t kept any of the money that…”
I looked at the daughter. She was staring at her mother, in disbelief, hoping she was joking.
I explained karma to the mother.
She didn’t hear my words.
Receiving money through illicit means, is not a blessing.
It is stealing.
The karmic payback for stealing
Is double the amount you stole.