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Ethics Question

I need to do a quick survey for a class I'm taking, so consider this hypothetical situation:

You are living in an apartment with a roommate. This roommate always has some form of change, and usually drops it in a bowl on the top of their dresser. Over the course of the year, this amount has grown substantially large.
Today, while you can manage to get by, you are a bit short on cash. Your roommate is out, and you remember this bowl of change.

The question: Would you take any money out of this bowl, and most importantly, why?

If you could also tell me your gender (if you're comfortable with it) and approximate age (preteen, teen, 20's, etc.), that would be most appreciative (It's important to the survey).

Cheers!
~Alt

Rojo681 year ago
If I was close to my roommate I most definitely would! I would admit it though and later tell him.

Reason I would do it: if the bowl is just sitting there and I know I will replenish it later, why not? My roommate wouldn't mind bc I wouldn't if someone did it to me. Me being short on cash outweighs the bowl just sitting there collecting dust. Selfish? Perhaps, but I would be sure to own up to it and replenish the bowl.
(Male, 40s)
No - I'd ask them... I'm 23, Male and live in a house with four housemates. Money issues are easily shared since you know where they live...