Where Have All the Honest People Gone?
Today, I was eating breakfast with my 3 boys in a public place. I was in a hurry because I had to get my oldest son to preschool. I was holding my 9 month old while trying to serve food to my boys and eat some food myself. I set my purse on the ground and knew as soon as I did that I would forget it was there.
I threw the bowls of remaining cereal and cups of juice in the trash. I walked out to the car with my 3 boys. I drove my oldest to preschool and headed home. As soon as I got out of the car, I looked over at the front seat and realized my purse wasn’t there! It wasn’t behind my seat or the passenger seat or in the back of the car. Crud! It was still in the dining room where we had eaten!
I called the front desk and they said they had found it and would be holding it for me. Now, I need to tell you that we have been doing “the envelope system” with our monthly budget. I had my “Groceries” envelope, “Toiletries” envelope, “Dates” envelope, “Mad Money” envelope, money for my kid’s birthdays, and some money I had collected for a school fundraiser my oldest son was doing. As soon as I had my purse in my hand, I frantically looked for the envelopes. They were gone! All of them!
I was even missing a utility bill! Come on people – what happened to good old fashioned honesty? Ya know, you see a purse on the ground and you turn it in to the manager? You don’t just grab what you want out of the purse. Anyways, they took almost $300 in cash. This included money that was supposed to be deposited into our account! They left my wallet and license and debit card, but took the cash!
I was numb for a little while and couldn’t believe what had happened. I was even more frustrated with myself for leaving it! Tell me, where have all of the honest people gone?