Thursday, 4 January 2007

Honesty Boxes

Tomato plants left outside someone’s house; a charity bookcase at the train station; eggs for sale on a farm. Honesty boxes are left beside these, and many other things, in the expectation that you will pay for the items you take. The person selling the plants or books or eggs trusts you to leave the right money. Did you notice that word? Trust. Reading newspapers nowadays you’d think there was no such concept but all over the place people are trusting complete strangers to do the decent thing and pay for items even when there is no one there to see them do so. Warms your cockles, doesn’t it?

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