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A Selfish Man and his bag of Gold Coins

Peter was a greedy and a selfish man. He always desired to have lots and lots of money and never hesitated to cheat others to make money. Also, he never wished to share anything with others. He was so selfish that he would like to own everything for himself.

The selfish man used to calculate each and every small aspect. He paid very little amount of wages to his servants. Where ever he went, he calculated a lot to save money by deceiving others. He also told a lot of lies to protect his wealth. Simply, HONESTY has no value for Peter.

However, he was taught a nice lesson by his own act.

One day, he missed a small bag, which contained 50 gold coins. He was searching for the bag of gold coins, day and night. He sent his workers in search of the bag, but none could find it. He told his friends and neighbours that he had lost a bag of gold coins and requested them to inform him, if they found it. Peter was so sad that he had lost so many gold coins. He was not able to sleep.

After a couple of days, a ten year old girl, who lived near Peter’s house, told her father that she had found a small bag and that it had 50 gold coins. Her father worked in Peter’s land and he told his daughter that the bag belonged to his master. He had lost it two days ago, and added that he would return the bag to his master.



They weren’t very rich, and the father could have easily retained the gold coins, and hide the fact of finding the bag. He was so honest that he felt that he should return the valuable coins to his master, as he was the rightful owner.

He gave the bag back to his master Peter, and asked him to check whether the bag had 50 gold coins. Peter who was literally happy to get the coins, decided to play a trick. He shouted at his worker, ‘there were 75 gold coins in this bag and you gave me only 50! Where are the other coins? You have stolen them!’

The worker was shocked to hear this, and he pleaded to his master that he gave whatever his daughter had found. Selfish and greedy, Peter did not accept the worker’s story, and decided to take the issue to court.

The judge heard both the sides. He questioned the daughter and the worker about the number of coins they had found in the bag, and they assured it was only 50.

He cross-examined Peter and Peter replied, ‘Yes milord, I had 75 gold coins in my bag, and they gave me only 50. Hence, it is quite obvious that they have stolen the balance 25 coins!’

Judge then asked, ‘Are you sure you that your bag had 75 coins?’ and Peter nodded his head in acceptance.

The judge then made his judgment, ‘Since Peter lost a bag of 75 gold coins and the bag found by the girl had only 50 coins, it is obvious that the bag found, didn’t belong to Peter, and it was lost by someone else. In addition, if anyone found a bag of 75 gold coins, I will declare that it belongs to Peter. As there are no claims against the loss of 50 coins, I order the girl and his father to take those 50 coins as a token of appreciation for their honesty!’

Honesty always pays and the greedy people sooner or later pay for their greediness.