Character test at the gas pump

“The true nature of your character,” a commenter on a CBS blog notes today, “is what you do when no one is watching.”

It was spawned by the actions of our friends to the east, who couldn’t pump the gas fast enough at a mispriced gas station in Minocqua, Wisc., (it’s northwest of Rhinelander).

The price was supposed to be $3.229 per gallon. But an employee set the pumps for 33 cents per gallon.

“There were cars two deep at each of my pumps,” the store manager said. The main store sign had the correct price. “I was very upset that there’s that many dishonest people. They knew there was a problem, and they took advantage of an employee’s mistake and I think that’s terrible.”

And you? If nobody’s watching, would you have pumped?