Lets say you worked at this place for a long time and you really liked what you did and you were very good at it.
Then one day, the economy tanks and your employer lets you go – without much in the way of warning.
Your former employer owes you some retirement money/severance/residual benefit pay.
They send you a check, but due to some kind of accounting error there’s an extra $800. It is very unlikely that they’ll ever catch this. Times are tough, you could use the money – and again, it’s unlikely that anybody will ever notice.
Question: Do you return the money, or do you keep it.
Show your work (i.e. explain your answer) – pretend that somebody who reads this blog is in this exact situation and is highly interested in your answer.