Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Moral Dilemma

Something happened to me today. I was faced with a decision, a moral dilemma. I had an opportunity.

Let me ask you a question. If you were at your bookstore and they forgot to charge you for a book would you let them know? Yes, I know you would because you are decent people and don't want to take a free book at the expense of someone else. I would do the right thing too in this instance. But what if...

What if you got a call from this bookstore telling you that the book you pre-ordered, Fairest by Marissa Meyer, had come in and was ready for you to pick-up? Now, you think to yourself that you must be confused because Fairest doesn't come out until next week. You even check online just to make sure you didn't miss a change in the release date. You go down to the bookstore and they grab your book from the hold shelf and take your money and smile. Do you take the book and leave the store as quickly as possibly without looking like a crazy person crossing your fingers that they don't realize their mistake before you can get to your car? I hope you said yes, because that's what I did.

And that is how I ended up with a copy of Fairest a week before it is actually released. 

Shhh...don't tell. I hope that at some point in your life this happens to you. It's somehow different than receiving an ARC (maybe because I know it's a little bit bad). It's like I woke up on Thanksgiving and found Santa putting presents at the foot of my bed. 

What would you have done?


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would have done the opposite of what you did.

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

Really? Why? Honest question.

Jenny @ Reading the End said...

I would have, and have, done exactly what you did. Bookstores get lots of books in early, and I have OFTEN found books on store shelves before their official release dates, and bought them. I always figure, the bookstores did it that way because it was easier to get those books shelved now than later. Or they wanted to get the preorders out the door now because they had some spare time to make the calls. I think you're FINE.

Lyndsay Lewis said...

I just bought this series for my classroom - they are loving them. We have them read traditional literature, and even though they are a twist on the genre, we are loving the fresh take on these tales! This is hilarious by the way. I would have taken it and ran too!