My nephew’s birthday is today. Happy Birthday Devin!!
Yesterday, knowing I really needed to get his card in the mail early if it had any chance of getting from SLO to Atascadero in time, I took my federally-mandated work break at about 10 o'clock and hot-footed it over to the post office. I knew they had greeting cards in there so I figured I’d just grab one and drop it right in the P.O. collection slot.
Alas, there was already a line of about 12 people when I got there! Crap, no way was I going to have time to wait for that line to move and still get back to work on time.
Hmmmm…what to do? What to do?
I went over to one of the tables used for addressing labels and packages and scribbled down a message inside the card and wrote out Devin’s address. And then it occurred to me, standing there, off to the side, no one looking, that I could just mail the card and walk out. I could come back and pay later! Genius idea! So I put a stamp on the envelope, dropped it in the slot and walked right out, into the clear blue sky, unscathed and undetected, clean as a whistle.
Went back today to pay. My initial thought was to come clean, explain what happened yesterday and then take my lumps and pay the fare. But couldn’t I just as easily grab a new card, pay for it and then place it back on the rack? Same diff, right? Not exactly. when I approached to pay for the new card, the lady behind the counter looked up and said, “Just this card?”
“Yes,” I replied. “Only the card.”
“Well, today’s your lucky day!”
“Oh really?” I asked.
“Yep, today only, all cards are 50% off!”
“Well now,” I said, smiling, “That is lucky, isn’t it?”
And so the moral of the story? Clearly, honesty is the best policy.