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!