Let's say you are called by the new owner of a property to install an HD security system and rip out the (non functioning) older one. He tells you just to "do whatever you want with it". When you are removing it, you notice that a couple of the cameras are actually high-end FLIR thermal cameras, still worth let's say $20,000.
Is it ethical just to do what you are told and sell the thermals for your own undeclared profit?
This is hypothetical, but inspired by what just happened to my neighbor. People complained about their tall tree blocking their view enough that the owner called someone out and told them they needed a tree removed. Tree removal service came out and quoted $800, not a bad price. Except for one thing, the tree was an enormous but healthy GoldenPalm Tree, and was probably worth around $20,000 conservatively.
They knew it too because they had to get an extra large crane to get it in one piece with roots and all.
Is this behavior ethical? What would you do?