It Pays To Be honest

Imagine you had gone to the bank and withdrew some money from your personal account. When you arrived home you found out that you had an extra $900 in your
04 Sep 2017 11:00
It Pays To Be honest
Amelia Naiqama was awarded for her honesty by a Sonoma Bank staff in Carlifonia, America. Photo: SUPPLIED

Imagine you had gone to the bank and withdrew some money from your personal account. When you arrived home you found out that you had an extra $900 in your wallet or purse. What would you do?

 CHOICE 1: Keep the money believing it was your lucky day

CHOICE 2: God has blessed me today. I am thankful to him for giving me this money

CHOICE 3: It was the bank’s fault. It was their problem, they overpaid me. It was not my fault so I will quietly keep or spend the money. No one will know.

CHOICE 4: This extra money has come at the right time. I was looking for some money to buy something I have always wanted for a long time. It was given to me for a purpose. This must be it.

CHOICE 5: Something is not quite right here. I will go back to the bank and return the $900.

Which choice would you make?

Well, Fijian Amelia Naiqama, who works as a caregiver in Sonoma, California, United States, made the correct choice; CHOICE 5. She went to the bank to return the money but it was closed. She returned to the bank the following day. But they told her that their accounts were balanced. She left her mobile number and told them to call her if the situation changed.

Not long after she arrived home, the bank called her and said they had discovered the discrepancy. When she reached the bank, she was welcomed by the bank with a bouquet of flowers and a thank you card.

Her story made it to the newspaper, Sonoma News.

This is a great story of honesty and integrity. Her family in Fiji, husband and two children are proud of her example. Her husband says it is in her nature. She does not rationalise. She seems to know the right things to say and do. When this sort of response becomes a habit, we know it’s an integral part of her life.

It’s a human quality that is sometimes hard to find today judging by dishonesty cases that go before the courts.

In the Help for Homes schemes after Cyclone Winston, there were cases of alleged fraud. There were people who allegedly lied about their personal circumstances to secure funding.

In the Mahogany industry, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted the danger about corruption. He said there was no room for corruption in the industry. He made the remarks when he spoke to 13 recipients of mahogany licences in Suva on Friday. He said there was no room for unscrupulous behaviour such as backroom deals or enticing landowners with sweet deals. He said that would ultimately be at the detriment of the landowners and the industry itself.

“Sadly some still try to do this. Just know that these people will face the full brunt of the law,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Any dishonest practice adversely affects many people over a period of time. If you know that something is not right you need to alert the relevant authorities. I am sure the bank teller who served Amelia Naiqama who be eternally grateful to her for her honesty. She is happy that she did the right thing. Those who deliberately do wrong cannot rest or sleep well at night. At the back of their mind, they know that sooner or later the law will catch up with them to face justice.

Like Amelia Naiqama we all have a choice. We can choose wrong and bad against right and good. She chose right and good.

We cannot avoid the consequences of choice. When we choose right we find joy and happiness. When we choose wrong we meet misery and pain.

I hope we will all choose right and good.

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