My daughter recently had her preschool pictures taken and this portrait company does things a little differently than I’ve seen before. Instead of having you order a specific set of pictures in advance, they take your kid’s picture, then they make the prints for you to look at. You can buy whichever ones you like, or none at all. The ones you don’t buy are destroyed.
Anyway I volunteer at the school and have been given the task of handling the school pics, collecting the money, etc. Originally, the portrait company told me to return all the photos that weren’t purchased…but yesterday I was talking to the agent on the phone and she told me to just destroy the photos that weren’t purchased so as not to waste fed-ex funds. Now here’s the dilemna:
I am aware of 3 families in the school who have fallen on hard financial times and none of them purchased their children’s school pictures. I am very tempted to give these families the pictures (or at least one or two) rather than destroy them. They are all very good pictures of the kids so I presume they are not buying them because of the cost, which ranges from $60-140 per kid ($140 buys you the whole set). However, I have to sign something that says I destroyed the photos.
On the one hand, I know it isn’t fair to the portrait company to give away their goods for free. On the other hand, these are going to be destroyed anyway…so why not give them to the families?
I feel pretty certain that I’d never get caught (unless one of the families turned me in) and I’m not an agent of the portrait company or the school since I’m a volunteer…but I still feel conflicted about it. What would you do?