Honesty

Thus far I have found the people of Hong Kong very honest.  Hope I don’t offend anyone by confessing that this came as a pleasant surprise.  Don’t get me wrong, it  isn’t that I think they are all crooks; more that the pressure to make ends meet so huge that pennies from heaven, I assumed, would be very welcome!

The other day I forgot to take the money from the ATM (cashpoint) and the guy behind reminded me.   And a couple of times I had handed over an extra twenty dollar and the traders have returned it.  This is admirable considering how hard they have to work; yet their pride and sense of fairness won’t allow them to pocket undeserving gains, however small.

So when mistakenly a shop assistant put in the bag a top I hadn’t paid for it wasn’t such a hard decision to return it.  To be honest, I didn’t really like it.

I know from observing working life here that not only are high standards a given but mistakes are not tolerated.  When they do the stock check the crime will be uncovered.  With any luck she might get away with a severe reprimand or formal warning; otherwise she would have to compensate the loss.  The worst scenario is both.   Even if she wasn’t the perpetrator, she was still lax in allowing him/her to get away.

For a milli-second I was tempted, as the top would have been an ideal gift; so I slept on it.  I suppose you can guess the outcome.  The manageress kept thanking me as I returned the top to its rightful home.  Indeed, the culprit would have had her salary deducted and no doubt a black mark against her name.  Doing the right thing felt good.  The sales assistant has the other honest people to thank.  Karma.

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About cho wan yau

Teacher by day poet/writer by night. Words have been my first love and will be my last. As a child I locked myself into the toilet devouring books which transported me to distant lands. Poetry shared penned from 2009-2010 in a titanic struggle to stay sane at Heartbreak Hotel. Please check it out on chowanyau@wordpress.com. Any comments or feedback welcome. Why not share your story with me, because we all have one, don't we?

Posted on June 17, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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