The woman took Debbie aside and whispered she was sorry for what she had said about us as parents.
"That," Debbie said to her, her voice wavering, "was rude."
And then we were back in the store, and I was giving my credit card to him, and he was giving me a receipt back, with the promise that if it would cost less, he would refund some of our money. We don't expect to see any of that money back again. Would you?
We left the uneaten part of the desserts on the table on the porch, and went home, without the mannequin or the business card. We had made a point to our son about honesty that cost us $500, not a small amount of money. We did the ethical thing.
But did we really do the right thing? I don't know. The shopkeepers were graceless. There was not even a "Thank you for your honesty" when we left. We felt as if they had extorted the money from us. I drove past the shop later to see if the mannequin was still out there. I wondered if they would have simply pocketed the money. The mannequin was gone.