Hi I have an ethical question for you all and would like to get some comments on it.
This situation has been resolved and I forgave my roommate of his actions but I would like the communities opinion on this subject.
About two months ago my neighbors gave me and my roommate four containers of frozen orange juice. We (roommate and I) separated our portions and declared to each other which separate portions were respectively mine and his. His being on the bottom drawer in the freezer and mine on top. After some time he had used all of his and there was still one full unopened and one half used container left in my stash. Last night I got a craving to drink some Orange juice and went to the freezer only to find that the full container was gone. I approached my roommate with this and he replied to me "My throat is sore and I was just coming to tell you that I took your Orange juice"
I don't own a car and my roommate does. The nearest convenience store is one and half miles away. the time of night was 11:00pm and we live in Tacoma, WA. where most regular grocery stores are closed after 10pm.
Does the cause justify the reason and motive?
He had a sore throat and I had readily available Orange juice.
Is there, amongst friends, an implied expiration limit of ownership, meaning that after that time limit expires then that object becomes public property available to any friend who wants it?
Is it OK to do this amongst friends because they are your friend and it is reasonable to assume that they will either not care or simply forgive you?
If it is more convenient for you to take something when you need it and then replace it later, does that justify the action?
Is it better to tell someone you took their belongings with a reasonable justifiable motive or just do it with out declaration and then, when caught, supply the justification as a reasonable cause for the motive?
thanks for your answers...