I know it is not very wise to ask on a forum when one is prone to scruples, but in this case maybe it is more of a technical question - where does sin start, respectively where does mortal sin start.
The case is quite simple. I bought bread at a store, they put it in a paper bag, and later on taking the bread out I saw that there was a little bug in the paper bag. I took the bread back, seeing there were also one or two other bugs, or little gnats or something…
I knew it wasn’t morally good to tell them in front of other people, and now I don’t remember exactly but I think I first talked to an assistant who was a little bit by the side… but she referresd me to the one at the cash register. I was a little bit upset so then I did say that there were bugs in the paper bag and the two people or so who were also at the cash regsiter heard it…
Later I wondered if I had committed a mortal sin because maybe I had put a bad name to the store in front of those people, panicking about bugs in the bread.
Now I know that it cannot have been a mortal sin if I wasn’t fully conscious. Now my question is: What if I don’t remember how conscious I was? Maybe I just didn’t care anymore because I just… well I don’t have htat much money to spend and getting it back meant something to me… also I probably felt I had to tell them so they knew. Did I just not care about the other people anymore after I had been referred to the other assistant?
I certainly did not WANT TO harm the store, but it may have been a bit careless.
I do not want to go to confession if I don’t have to (been getting into the habit of going too often again, and want to cut it back to about once a month). This is a situtation though that is a bit unusual for me, so I am not sure where mortal sin would start… saying something negative in front of others out of ill will, in order to harm the other person or the store, ok I would say that is sinful. Just because you don’t care much anymore because you are too focussed on your own problems? Probably not mortally sinful anymore?
And as I said, I now don’t remember what was on my mind, did I still care about the people, had I forgotten about my intention to not say it in front of customers?
I later apologized to the assistants, they both said it was ok… it’s not their store though… it is just one branch of a chain.
Any ideas whether or not it is scrupling or real possible mortal sin?
p.s. I know nobody can really say for somebody else whether or not something was a mortal sin… but maybe help discern whether it is even POSSIBLE that it was one?