There are people who wouldn’t bother.
Part of my weekly pleasure is going to the Salvation Army Charity Shop on a Saturday morning. It is not with the intention of buying and then selling on to make a profit as some folks enjoy doing. For me, it is the pleasure of finding an interesting item at a good price. To date, I have either kept all I have bought or given away as gifts. The day I no longer want, need or enjoy the item, it will go back to the Salvation Army Charity Shop to be sold again.
In a short period of time, I have been over-priced on three different occasions.
Yesterday, I went to a café in a big hospital unit. I bought a vegetarian sandwich and a custard tart. When I paid, I realised afterwards that I had been over-charged 10 pence (without a receipt). That is not dramatic in itself, but, if done on a regular basis to clients, soon makes a tidy, off-the-books profit.
And before that it was at a plant stall in the street where the vendor did that old trick of giving change of a smaller value coin in place of a larger one. I showed him my hand with the change and without saying a word he replaced the coins. I had learned that 'vendor' slight of hand many years ago by chance when a supermarket cashier tried it on me. I had already determined how much change to expect so mentioned to her that the change was wrong. She changed it with an apology. Fair enough – except, several days later and hundreds of clients later for her, she did it to me again! This time, there was no apology.
I was ready to complain to the manager, but a friend talked me out of it by saying how little cashiers earned. Not really a valid excuse for stealing from unsuspecting clients.
Of course, there is always the person who cheats for the thrill it provides, comparable, perhaps, to my bargains at the Salvation Army Charity Shop. There is no arguing against that. It is an addiction...