Oatmeal Cookies and Honesty

Dec 18 2013

Today I stayed at work during lunch.  Normally, I make the trip home during lunch to spend a few minutes with my wife, let the dog out and generally escape the office for a break.  But today we are experiencing a bit of a snow storm that I believe was engineered to keep me in the office to test my honesty.

I went to the cafeteria and picked up my lunch.  Once I was done, I still felt a little bit hungry so I went back to the cafeteria for an oatmeal cookie.  The cafeteria staff makes them on-site… three kinds: plain oatmeal, oatmeal raison and oatmeal chocolate chip.  My preference is chocolate chip.  Actually, the only kind I really like is the chocolate chip.  For a buck, you get a super large oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.  Once I have my mind set on getting one, I really want it.  So, as I walked into the cafeteria, another employee walked in the line in front of me and he headed directly towards the oatmeal cookies.  I glanced and quickly inventoried what was left… 2 oatmeal raison, 3 plain oatmeal, and 1 oatmeal chocolate chip.  pleasedon’ttakethechocolatechipPLEASE.  He picked up the chocolate chip one and turned to me, “Is this chocolate chip?”.

Quickly, I assessed my situation.  Do I say “no” and have him reach for the raison, thinking they were the chocolate chip?  Do I say “I don’t know” hoping he would have his own doubts and leave the last chocolate chip oatmeal cookie for me?  What do I do!?!!?!!!!??????  I REALLY want that cookie!

Resigned to do the right thing, I said, “Yes, that’s chocolate chip.”

“Good”, he said, “I’m allergic to chocolate.”  Then he quickly put it down and snatched up a raison one and headed to the cash.

There you go… proof that honesty is the best policy!  I saved a life and enjoyed the last chocolate chip oatmeal cookie of the day.  And, that cookie was deeeeelishus!


Posted by Steve at 5:23 pm, Dec 18, 2013


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  1. Mom

    December 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

    That’ s my boy! You were listening. lol

  2. Steve

    December 19, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Yeah… I suppose. But if I had missed out on that cookie, I’d be cursing that lesson!

  3. Michelle

    February 26, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Sorry mom… that poor employee would have died. Good thing Steve was listening. icon_biggrin

  4. Steve

    February 27, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I’m still debating, despite the fact that it worked out for me, whether it was a good choice!