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Friday, January 14, 2011

What Would You Do?

You're in a gift shop.  The only clerk on duty has just stepped into the back room.  You wait at the register, waiting for her to return.  You look down and see a hundred dollar bill on the floor.  There are no customers in the shop.  

Do you keep it?

Now suppose someone dashes into the shop, frantic.  Asking if anyone had turned in a hundred dollar bill.  

Do you hand it over?

Tell me what you would do and your reasoning. 
Now tell me what your main character would do.

Any similarities?

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20 comments:

Little Ms J said...

Both me and my character would give it back. Because we both have character and karma is a mothereffer.

Francine Howarth said...

Hi,

Answer: if someone dashed into the shop asking if a hundred dollar bill had been found that person would have to be quick off the mark, because any money found on the floor by me would go into the nearest charity box on the shop's counter!

A main character might do something else, depending on who or what the character is - the consequences good or dire! ;)

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Matthew Rush said...

I would take that money in a heart beat, but if someone came in, clearly the owner of the lost money ... then I would have to punch them in the face, knocking them out and making good on my escape.

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Stina Lindenblatt said...

Which wip? All my characters (and me) would give it back.

ROFL at Matt's answer.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss vicki! for me thats easy cause my mc is me. so for srue were gonna give it back and if no one said thay lost it were gonna tell the clerk and say keep it in case someone comes in for it and if they dont in 3 days were gonna come back and get it and give it to someone who could need it. wow mom would be proud of me for sure! :) ...hugs from lenny

Angela Felsted said...

Would I keep it? Probably if I couldn't find the owner. But if someone dashed in the store and said they'd dropped it, I'd return it for sure. Wouldn't most people?

Dan said...

I'd put it on the counter and let the clerk know abut it (stupid parents raising me right!).

My MC would step on it and leave. If she was meant to have it, it would be stuck to her shoe. If she wasn't, it would stay on floor of the shop.

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

I would give it back, because I would be afraid that there was a security camera watching me and then I would be busted.

My mc, Laurel, is far too much like me so I've decided that she would react the same way and for the same reason.

Jules said...

It goes in my pocket until they can give me the serial numbers to prove it is theirs :) You know I'd give it back but bad angel would be kicking me in the head :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Carolyn V. said...

I would hand it over to the person looking for it (if it looked like they really lost it) or to the clerk. My character (who is so conflicted) on the other hand would have to think about it. Mwa ha ha ha. =D

Clarissa Draper said...

Did that happen to you!? If so, cool!

I think it would depend on which character it is. I know some of them wouldn't. They'd keep it and lie. How sad is that...

Katie Mills said...

I would totally take the bill. But then if someone came looking for it, I'd hand it over in a heartbeat. you know, the whole 'do unto others' philosophy:)

Jolene Perry said...

I would cherish it dearly for the few moments before I handed it back over...
I think ALMOST all of my MCs would do the same. But not ALL...

Raquel Byrnes said...

I would give it back because I am paranoid of getting in trouble.

My main character, Salem, would take it and run...go find a friend, and have dinner out.

Sooo...a bit of a difference, yeah. Am I living vicariously?
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd give it up in both scenarios. My main character - he'd keep it in the second one.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry, FIRST one. Typed too fast.

The Golden Eagle said...

I'd give it back, and my MC would, too.

Kane said...

I would give it back, my main character wouldn't even touch it and he would be suspicious of the person looking for it (he is a touch paranoid...of everything and everyone).

Diane J. said...

I'm just going to second Little Ms J, oh my gosh, love the Karma line :)

Me and my MC would give it back too. However, there is one point where my MC would hold it, rubbing her fingers over it knowing it would be tremendously helpful in saving for her plane ticket. But, she would still give it back. Or hand it over to the cashier when she got back.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'd make an effort to find who lost it before keeping it. I have two MCs in my current wip - one would take it - one would keep it :)