At the end of each term, Mountain U has a fancy(-ish) dinner: lox and tenderloin and seventeen sides and eighteen desserts. Dr. S and I took the children 'out' to the college cafeteria that night (for a grand total of $24, by the way). While walking up, we ran into a visiting faculty member and his daughter. I asked if his spouse was meeting him there and he said no, he was planning to buy one dinner for himself and take her a box dinner home. (Without paying.)
I was speechless. They go to Mass every week, and profess to be Catholics, of the rabid anti-choice variety. Doesn't Catholicism have some things to say about personal integrity and sinning in secret and the moral damage it does you? Of course it's tempting to take a shortcut, but personally, my religion is not compatible with stealing.
A few weeks ago, after picking Tatoe up from preschool, I backed into another car in the parking lot, leaving a small dent and a scrape. You can bet your bottom dollar that, as I looked in the rearview mirror, I was thinking "Maybe I can drive away and nobody will ever know." But I didn't, I left a note, because I thought it was the right thing to do. (I'm not looking for praise; believe you me, my desire to do evil was in full force.) You can call it religion, or supporting a social contract, or whatever you please, but doing the same thing whether anyone's looking is integrity.