Can we find the ethics we seem to have lost?

Sara Konu

Co-editor

Recently, I was witness to an incident that left me doubting the integrity of everyday people and students at Pierce College.

My friend left something of theirs in one of the computer labs at Pierce College. They simply forgot about it and left the computer lab without it. Someone else found it, and instead of taking the item to the school lost and found, the person that found my friend’s property kept it for themself.

A helpful computer lab assistant helped in retrieving my friend’s property, but when everything was said and done I wondered if it weren’t for the helpful people in the computer lab if my friend would have ever gotten his stuff back.

We’re not in kindergarten anymore and the playground phrase “finders keepers” doesn’t apply in the real world. If a “finder” keeps what they find, then that’s called stealing and it can be met with criminal charges.

So why would someone knowingly take something that they know is someone else’s? Are people that do that really that opportunistic? They see something that they want and just take it? Whatever happened to having an actual conscience and doing the right thing? Which for those of you who don’t know, is doing your best to return an item to its owner.

That’s the entire idea of having a lost and found. When someone loses something, there’s a place they can go to retrieve it. That’s assuming a decent human being has found it and turned it in to the lost and found instead of pocketed it for themselves.

This incident has me eyeing my fellow classmates with suspicion now, when before I thought everyone was relatively trustworthy. Now I realize that you never really know what someone will do and as sad as it is to say, you can never truly count on someone to do the right thing.

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Can we find the ethics we seem to have lost?

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