First, my answer to the last one was: hit the button and pay $25. I’m a student after all.
Here’s the next one. Purely hypothetical of course. And really more a legal question than ethical. But, whatever.
Say you have a car, that is registered in Iowa. You had the car with you in another state over the summer, and happened to accrue approximately $150 in parking tickets (which might seem a bit much but isn’t so bad considering). You have not paid these tickets (and for what it’s worth, no late notices have found their way to you, imply that the city doesn’t really know who you are).
Now let’s pretend you happen to sell the car that got the tickets. It will remain in Iowa and with new plates, and new owners.
What do you do? Do you:
a. Pay the tickets out of moral obligation
b. Pay the tickets for fear that that city will hunt you down and charge you exorbitant late fees
c. Don’t pay the tickets because you aren’t bothered by the morality of it
d. Don’t pay the tickets because you know there’s no way for them to ever find you again (assume that if you buy a new car, it will have new plates).