This summer I have had a rad intern working for me who has kicked major ass on a project and made me look very good, way above and beyond the call of duty for an intern. I wanted to show a little recognition and get him a Best Buy gift card for a going away thank you, but by the time I got off work tonight Best Buy was closed. I had a brilliant idea, though - the supermarket has that little endcap where they sell gift cards for everywhere, including Best Buy, so I went to the supermarket instead. While there, I got the gift card and about $10 of groceries. There was a problem activating the card (possibly somebody voided it and put it back on the shelf or something), and so, with a big line piling up behind me, they scrambled to void the sale and get me a new card, which they rang up separately. I went out to the car and looked at the original receipt and it said "CREDIT $xxxx" at the bottom, where 'xxxx' is the cost of the card plus my $10 in groceries. I was pretty sure they had just voided the whole first transaction, credited it back to me, and rung up just the card on the second one. This meant I had gotten $10 in groceries for free. I briefly considered just leaving, but then I thought better of it and went back in to give them their $10. After waiting in line again the manager took me aside to figure out what happened. Apparently I had it backwards: they had charged me full boat for the first transaction AND the second one; the "CREDIT" was me putting it on my CREDIT card. I had gotten charged for two gift cards, but only got one. She fixed everything up and refunded the cost of the first card to me. If I had taken off, I probably would (or maybe I wouldn't) have noticed the double charge on my credit card at the end of the month and then it would have been a big hassle trying to convince them to give me back my money. Since I went in to give them back the $10 I thought I owed them, I saved myself a ton of trouble and probably some cash. Being honest worked out this time, but of course it doesn't always - sometimes you just end up causing more trouble. FOCUS: When has being honest when you didn't have to worked out well for you? When has it backfired on you unexpectedly?