Coffee, Bagels, and Honesty – Honesty Story #31

August 15th, 2011

Here is a quick anecdote that shows one of the benefits of being honest. This happened to me and a friend while we were volunteering in Jerusalem Israel.

My friend Noah and I stood in line at one of the best breakfast cafés in downtown Jerusalem called Holy Bagel. Known for amazing cappuccinos and out of this world Bagels smeared with tasty cream cheese, Holy Bagel always attracts a busy morning crowd as lines of customers rush toward the counter ordering their Bagels. Noah and I waited in line and finally got to the cashier just as the morning crowd began winding down. Once we ordered our cappuccinos and bagels and paid the cashier, we grabbed a seat and began enjoying the best bagel that I’ve ever tasted.

Bagel from Holy Bagel Cafe

As Noah pulled his warm cinnamon bagel from its brown paper sack he glanced at his receipt calculating how much of our daily budget remained. He suddenly froze and focused more intently at the receipt. Then he rummaged through his pocket counting how many shekels (Israeli currency) he had. After counting his shekels and referencing his receipt again he looked at me and said, “Can you watch my food? I’ll be right back.”

Apparently the cashier was so busy with the morning rush of customers he accidently undercharged my friend Noah for his breakfast. Noah still owed about 10 shekels! So Noah got up from our table and waited in line again so he could pay the remaining money that went unnoticed. The cashier’s facial expression looked like a deer caught in the headlights as Noah handed him the money and explained what happened. Noah made his way back to our table and finished his still warm breakfast like nothing ever happened. So moved by my friend’s honesty, the cashier came to our table once the crowd of customers was gone and commended us both for being honest people. He chatted with us for a few minutes and before you knew it, Noah and I had made another friend at the Holy Bagel! This absolutely made our day, and we always made it a point to stop by and order another quick café breakfast when we were in the area. I learned that day that showing honesty is a great way to meet to new friends.

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