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Many people- take a cynical view of the honesty 'of the public, in small matters at • all events., A well-known American newspaper, the " Brooklyn Eagle," has proved that this, opinion is wrong, and proved it in'father a striking and effective way. The idea, as explained by the "Eagle," was to give to purchasers of small articles an excess of change., Forty cases were selected at random, and in 24 the surplus was promptly returned.- In the remaLiing 16 cases it'was retained, but, as the "Eagle" observes, there is no evidence that carelessness or general ignorance of the unexpected increment was not responsible in some of, the latter cases. The reporter sent out by the paper describes how the test was made. He induced shopkeepers in almost every line of business to give surplus change. In some instances the surplus was retained, and in other cases was returned. He tells of buying a daily paper from different newsboys and giving a nickle (2s) payment for the cent (^d) paper, and then hurrying away without waiting for change, yet in almost every such case the boy followed him and gave him the change. In further support of the "..Eagle's." contention/it may be mentioned for yeans it has been the custom in New* York to have news stands at street corners, .the. owners of which leave it to the honesty of the passersby to select and pay for their papers themselves. The newsvendora are. in fact, delivering papers about the neighbourhood. The customers,as- they pass the unattended stall pick up a paper! and put down the money, taking change' when necessary from the pile already thei-e. Oviously there cannot be' nuch; leakage or the system would have been. abandoned long ago. '

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AN HONESTY TEST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8815, 11 March 1914

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AN HONESTY TEST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8815, 11 March 1914