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MORE ON THE HONOR SYSTEM OF PAYMENTJohn Regitko of Canada writes: "The article about an Ontario bakery honor system reminds me of the time two of my school chums and I drove through the Province of Quebec on vacation and were faced with the honor system when we decided not to eat at the restaurant all the time but purchase cold cuts and a loaf of bread.
"In one instance, as we were driving along the road, we noticed a sign (in French and English) stating that bread was for sale up the driveway. We drove in and noticed that the covered loafs were lying on a table outside with a note asking us to drop $1 in a wooden box that had a slot on top. I wondered how many times someone had the temptation not just to “forget” to pay, but actually walking off with the whole box of money that couldn’t have weighed more than a couple of pounds.
"The other instance, we were again directed to the farm house on a country road, but this time there was a sign on the entrance to the house stating that the bread was inside. We walked in, shouted “hello” to attract someone’s attention. We saw loafs of bread on the table, along with a small cardboard box which contained $7. When nobody came, we took two loafs of bread, paid $2 and left, wondering if the next person would be tempted to take the $9 cash.
"Since this appeared to be a common occurrence, I can only assume that there are a lot of honest people out there!"
To read the previous E-Sylum article, see: ONTARIO BAKERY SUCCEEDS WITH HONOR PAYMENT SYSTEM
Wayne Homren, Editor
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