HONESTY and TRUST are alive and well in the U.S.

Pulling into my service station 45 minutes late one morning, I shouted to the customers, "I'll turn the pumps on right away!" What I didn't know was that the night crew had left them on all night. By the time I got there, most of the cars had filled up and driven off. Only one customer stayed to pay. My heart sank.

Then the customer pulled a wad of cash from his pocket and handed it to me. "We kept passing the money to the last guy," he said. "We figured you'd get here sooner or later."

Isn't it a shame that life isn't like this everywhere?

From the April 2005 issue of Reader's Digest

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