Yesterday, on Christmas Eve, I went to a Staples store and briefly perused the PDA section. On display was a brand new iPAQ h1910 connected to a charging cable. I turned it on and realized just what all the hype was about the screen. It was phenominal compared to me e310! And because of the form factor and small size, the entire device was mostly the screen. Wow...
Then I noticed a small silver switch on the right hand side of the handheld - the batter replacement switch. Once I moved the switch, most of the back cover popped off, and I took off the rest of it to leave me with a fully functional, brand new, $300 PDA free from the security system, which was glued and tethered to the back of the battery casing. Once I unpluged the power cord, I could walk freely with it, and even take it. What should I do?
I never strayed far from the display, and once the manager came around, I informed her of the situation, gave her the handheld, and she thanked me and took it. She assured me that they would find a better way of attaching it to the security system. The manager must have been relieved, for she had a mere Zire on her waist.
The question is: I did the right thing, didn't I? Even though I was smitten with the h1910, I knew it was wrong to take it without paying for it. It was probably the hardest thing that I ever had to do; to give up something that I wanted badly, and quite frankly, could have gotten away with stealing it.
I've decided to run a little poll to see how the morals of the Thoughts readers would play into the scenario. Would most of them give it back, as I did? Or would they take advantage of the poor security and be the proud owners of a brand new handheld? Please vote honestly. I won't be upset if you would have chosen otherwise. :wink:
Edit: This is my 75th post (not that I'm counting) and I've also taken the liberty of voting myself!