I was passed two fake $20 bills at the booth where I work.
Instead of taking the loss for myself, I passed one each to different customers we had during that day.
What can I do to reduce my karmic debt?
-- All About the Jacksons
What kind of booth are we talking about here? If it's a toll booth, we're guessing your chances for on-the-job karmic redemption are slim -- it's not like you can let 40 commuters pass without paying, security cameras being what they are these days. It's been a while since we've seen an actual, working photo booth, so that's probably out. Ditto for phone booths. No one really speaks of booths anymore. We'd like to dream that you work in a pastry booth, in which case you could host a Free Cupcake Day or something similar, but that's probably just idle fantasy. Come to think of it, maybe Free Cupcake Day would work no matter what kind of booth you ran. You can buy a lot cupcakes for $40 -- and a lot of repeat customers.
Dear Karma Cleanser:
In response to the woman who didn't want tickets to the comic book convention ("Lady Deathstrike," Sept. 5): Oh my God, this letter struck such a chord with me! My lover and I face this kind of argument almost every day in our relationship. It has gotten so bad that it sent us to therapy. Our counselor, who was sympathetic to my position (I'm the one with the weirdo tastes; my lover is the one who is the indifferent spectator) suggested that she try to take more of an interest in the things that make me happy.
I'm guessing that couples face this sort of issue all the time. But it's good to know we're not alone.
-- Mr. Jealousy
What kind of weirdo tastes are we talking about here? On second thought, don't answer that.
Dear Karma Cleanser:
Some guys were delivering furniture to my home recently and one of them got injured. He wasn't hurt badly but he did get a long and bloody scratch on his arm, which left some spots on my floor. I felt terrible that he got injured and wondered if I should have tipped him extra for making the delivery, but he was out the door before I got to my wallet.
I later found out that it'll cost me to have to blood stains cleaned up that he left on my rug. Does this mean my karma is now even, or should I still reach out to the injured delivery guy?
-- Club Soda Didn't Work
This poor man bled for your chaise lounge. Hasn't he suffered enough? But if you're still feeling guilty about the incident, maybe you should send him a "sorry about your accident" gift. We hear there may be a Free Cupcake Day coming up somewhere in town, details pending.
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