Integrity


Integrity word cloudIs integrity a lots art? Have Americans abandon the concept of integrity? There are many examples of this being the case, the latest, a woman who returned a Christmas tree in January… And it was a live tree.. Well, at one point it was living.. Yep, she returned a dead tree to Costco, and yep, they refunded her money..

She enjoyed the tree for Christmas, decorated it, placed the gifts from Santa under the tree, celebrated the Birth of Christ, opened the gifts, and undercoated it, then had the balls to return the tree to Costco…

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Read story here

Yep, Integrity is dead, or on life support…

in·teg·ri·ty
inˈteɡrədē/
noun
  1. 1.
    the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
    “he is known to be a man of integrity”
    synonyms: honestyprobityrectitudehonor, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousnessmoralityvirtuedecencyfairness, scrupulousness, sinceritytruthfulnesstrustworthiness

    “I never doubted his integrity”

Now please understand I am not saying this woman holds all the blame, Costco hold some as well, because, I’m sorry, the costumer is not always right. One should not be able to return a living Christmas tree, at anytime.. But that’s a different issue..

The simple fact that someone every thought of returning a dead Christmas tree is mind blowing, but too actually do it… That takes balls.. And big ones at that!

This person must have no moral compass, no guiding principals to live by… Nothing… Blank.. Zero…

I would never, in my wildest dreams, dream of returning a dead tree and demanding a refund.. If you can not afford the $85 or so dollars for a real tree… Then don’t get one! It’s that simple… It’s not rocket science…

To me, this amounts to nothing less then stealing… No different then if she would have drove up to a tree lot at 3 in the morning, picked out a nice fresh cut tree, put it in her car and drove off.. In someways I would have more respect for her if she would have done that, at least she was being honest with herself, she was being a thief..

The way she did it though was dishonest, she choose to hide behind the mask of a good patron, just a simple mild mannered shopper, picking out her family Christmas Tree. She lied and deceived all who she dealt with…

Is this really the America we are living in, one where people have no integrity no moral boundaries… One where I can use an item, enjoy the item, get my monies worth out of the item, then once it’s usefulness is done, once I no-longer enjoy it, I can demand a refund?

Sad, truly sad…

Not sure what to make of all this, or how this can be fixed.. The moral fabric of this nation is in bad disrepair, and I am not sure how to go about to fix it…

Yes, it’s only a tree, and yes Costco is a big huge company, and no, Costco wont shutter its doors due to the fact that one person with no integrity, returned a dead Christmas tree, but, that is not really the issue. The issue is integrity or the lack of.

God Bless

Paul Sposite

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