Dear CAF members. This is kind of complicated, and I’m extremely scrupulous… so I appreciate your careful consideration of my question.
Here’s what happened.
I went to the grocery store this evening. It is the grocery store, where I worked for almost 8 years. I have a lot of friends there, still.
So, I went to the deli… and ordered two 6 inch sub sandwiches. One for me, and one for my sister. But, they were two different fillings (meats, cheese, etc.). I know the store policy, that when two 6 inch subs are sold, they must be wrapped and priced separately. This makes them more expensive than a single, foot long sub.
The lady who made my sandwiches is an old friend. And I noticed, too late… (but before I left the store with them)… that she had packaged and priced them as a SINGLE, foot long sub. This made the two sandwiches less expensive. This is against store policy.
Well, I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t give them back to her, because she would have to “damage” them (toss them in the trash; again, store policy; they are not permitted to re-sell sandwiches, which are wrapped in the deli paper). That’s wasting food, which is a sin. I couldn’t just set it down, either. Because that is ALSO wasting food. A sin.
So… I went through the line with it, and paid for it. I didn’t say anything to the cashier, because I didn’t want to get my friend into trouble (if reported, she could lose her job; I’ve seen it happen). I realized, she was trying to “do me a favor” for old times sake… although, I did not ask her to do this.
Did I commit a sin by walking away with and paying for those two sandwiches? If so, how can I rectify this? It was ironic, since I had stopped at the store… on my way back from my monthly confession. Thanks in advance, for your opinions. God bless.