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49-Honesty Pays

Once there was a farmer who used to sell daily a pound of butter to a baker. This continued for quite some time. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to see if he was getting a full pound of butter from the farmer and he found that he was not. This angered him and he took the farmer to the court.

The judge asked the farmer if he was using any measure to measure the butter.
The farmer replied, "Your Honor, I am primitive. I don't have a proper measure, but I do have a scale."

The judge asked, "Then how do you weigh the butter?"
The farmer replied - "Your Honor, long before the baker started buying butter from me. And I also have been buying a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight of butter as of his bread. If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker."

What is the moral of the story?

[We get back in life what we give to others. Honesty or dishonesty becomes a habit. Some people practice dishonesty and can lie with a straight face. Others lie so much that they don't even know what the truth is anymore. But who are they deceiving?
Themselves, more than anyone else..]



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Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 05/04/13