I live in a part of the US that gets a lot of Canadian traffic. Indeed, hardly a day goes by that I don’t see at least one Canadian license plate on the road.
As a result, I frequently receive Canadian coins (quarters and pennies, mostly) in my change from local merchants.
Canadian money is not, of course, legal tender in the United States. Passing it off as such might even be considered a form of counterfitting, I suspose. And, of course, its face value is significantly less than the American coin that it’s being mistaken for.
So my question is, is a sin against the 7th Commandment to knowingly pass this coin off at the store when I’m making a purchase?
My gut instinct is “yes, it is”, but I have some thoughts (rationalizations?) that lead me to believe otherwise:
*]Because I shop at so few places on a regular basis, there’s an excellent chance that the coin is going back to the same merchant that “stuck” me with it, and,
*]The merchant is willingly accepting the coin as payment
[/list]What do you think?
(And because everyone here loves polls so much, I’ll make this question a poll)