What would you do if you got overpaid? - page 7

The night of pay, most of the staff look up their paystubs online. I looked mine up last night and noticed that I was over paid by 1500 dollars. For a moment I daydreamed about what I could do with... Read More

  1. by   xoemmylouox
    Wow some people takes things WAY too seriously. Glad the OP did the right thing, but if I'm waking down the street and I find a dollar I am not going to scour the Earth looking for the person who lost it. Some may think less if me, and I'm a-ok with that. That doesn't mean I'll steal from my employer, co- workers, or divert drugs..
  2. by   muffylpn
    This has happened twice to me just recently last week. The first time the payroll person was so rude stating she did not make a mistake, I was wrong according to her. I told she could check it out and remove the money out of my next pay check. She never did-oh well. Last week when it happened they just thought it was so wonderful I was willing to tell them they overpaid me. They took the money back over the next two checks, so I would not be really short in my pay-I thought that was nice of them
  3. by   GM2RN
    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    Just so you know, many if not all direct deposit agreements give your employer authority without asking to debit funds such as if paid in error. If you keep funds that aren't yours and worse start spending you could be in a whole lotta trouble once HR makes a withdrawal from your checking account.
    When I filled out my payroll deduction form, I crossed out the part allowing them to do this and wrote that I do not agree to them automatically deducting any overpayment. I also made a copy of it before I turned it in.
  4. by   GM2RN
    Quote from klone
    Technically that's not true. There are venial sins and there are mortal sins.
    That depends on whether you believe what a particular religion teaches or the Bible.
  5. by   jtmarcy12
    I too would have done the same thing!! When they finally would have caught up with the error they made,they would have questioned you and asked "didn't you know this was an usually amount for your check"? You would have no defense and your dishonesty would have shone through, so good for you, that you choose to be honest. If others were saying "keep quiet" you now will in the future question their honesty.
  6. by   KATRN78
    I have been paid for hours I did not work. I notify the agency by email if my shift is cut short. Then I do a follow up call. If they do not do their job correctly after I notify them twice, I am not going to nag them to do their job. This has happened twice.
  7. by   windsurfer8
  8. by   robin1717
    I was overpaid by over $3000, so basically I realized it. I'm just waiting to here back from payroll.
  9. by   Whispera
    I don't pay any attention to what my paycheck says. I have always assumed it's correct, because that checking-up is way down on my list of priorities. If my check was incorrect, I'd never know...
  10. by   imintrouble
    I'd give it back.
  11. by   Been there,done that
    Of course you needed to notify payroll. Anything else is dishonest.
    No one's job is worth $1500.

    Apparently , you are working with some not so bright people if they think it won't eventually be discovered.
  12. by   sharpeimom
    Saying that an employer has the right to turn around and fire me for not "reporting" such an error in my favor is absurd. What right do they have to say "I should have noticed"? It's not my responsibility to go over my paystub every two weeks to make sure they didn't overpay.

    I'm sorry but it IS our responsibility to be sure your pay check or automatic deposit is the correct amount.

    YES, the employer CAN sue the employee for the return of the overage amount in the employee's checking account. Once .10c of the incorrect amount hits your account you have technically committed embezzlement IF you don't notify your employer's payroll. Keeping it in your account, intending to return it on Monday, can count as embezzlement too.

    Absurd? Too much trouble to return? Being honest isn't worth it for $5.00? Too much trouble to return $5.00?

    I hardly think so. It's called basic honesty and morally and ethically what is what an honest, moral, ethical person would do.
  13. by   emtb2rn
    I'd keel over and twitch for a while. Then call HR.