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The Tip Cup
As I stood at the cash register paying for my sandwich I was confronted by a
big yellow sign with bold black print posted directly behind the cashier that
read, "Tip Cups and Penny Cups Are Strictly Forbidden In This
Establishment." As I looked down to my wallet my eyes fell on a nice large
paper cup filled with ones that said, "Tip Cup" on the side. The two girls
who made my sandwich and took my money were wonderfully bubbly,
sweet smiling, vivacious, articulate teenagers, who had been very
accommodating about which veggies and which dressing I wanted on my
sandwich. How could I not put money in their cup let alone say something
about the sign?
Now comes the ethical dilemma. Did I aid and abet? Did I commit an
immoral act by encouraging and participating in a violation of company
policy? When, if ever, does rewarding excellence in the workplace become
a higher priority then conforming to a bureaucratic decree?
Jesus' actions in Mark 2:24 - 28 lead us to some interesting conclusions. He
commends David who took the sacred bread from the sanctuary that was to be eaten
only by the
priests and fed it to his men. There must be some situations when human
needs outweigh rules. While Jesus' behavior should not be a license for us
to break rules upon every whim, it does seem to give us some latitude. Now
society can only function if we keep the rules. But we must never lose the
human touch that makes life a pleasure. My question is was I right or
wrong? Help please.
Roger Bothwell and my address is email@example.com
or 151 Old Farm Rd. Leominster, MA 01453. Thank you for your
support of our faith ministry.
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