But he does. He looks down at the ring and then puts his towel on top of it. I watch him out of the corner of my eye for a few seconds I then look through my locker for my watch. When I look up agains he’s gone. I look around the floor, under the bench, and around my books. The ring is nowhere to be found. Neither is the young man.
I should have put the ring in my locker. But what if the owner came back and accused me of stealing? I am angry with myself, bul I am furious with that young man. How could he do it? I start to make excuses for him to lessen my anger. Maybe he needed the ring. Maybe he thought of that old childhood rhyme “Finders keepers, losers weepers”.
Bul who really wins when some people take that attitude? Some think its alright to keep the change that the pay phone or vending machine accidently gives you when the correct change is inserted. Some think it’s alright to keep the few dollars that the supermarket cashier gives them by mistake. Some think that when the total on their restaurant check is less than it really is, they shouldn’t tell the cashier. To these people it’s excusable, even acceptable to steal”. It’s no different to keep the change” than to ‘find” a ring on a bench.
Before this incident I kept the change on a few occasions. But because of what that young man did, I saw a difference between what I used to do and what he did. The difference, to me, is non-existent.