Failing the Test

Man Who Found Next-Generation iPhone in Bar ‘Regrets His Mistake’

A young man finds a prototype iPhone in a bar. It isn’t claimed by anyone sitting in his vicinity, so he keeps it and ends up selling it to a competitor for $5000. Despite this, his lawyer says he’s a really good person:

“Brian has been working part time at a Church run community center where he was teaching swimming to kids age 3 to 10. He also has taught English in China to college students and volunteered at a Chinese orphanage in 2009 while enrolled in a study abroad program through college. In that same year, Brian volunteered in Vietnam to plant a friendship garden.

He also volunteers to assist his aunt and sister with fund-raising for their work to provide medical care to orphans in Kenya.”

Volunteer work is nice and all, but a true test of a person’s virtue is how they behave when faced with temptation. Not many people give away their time or money for worthwhile causes, and hence they are laudable activities. But fewer still do the right thing when nobody is looking, when there is money to be made, or when it seems you can get away with it.

All he had to do was turn the phone over to the bartender. Simple. He failed. I’m sure he’s a nice enough guy, but I wouldn’t trust him.

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6 thoughts on “Failing the Test

  1. Always ask yourself, “what would I do if my mother was watching?” Sadly, in this day and age, mother isn't always a good conscience.

  2. For some reason, we have been having many great discussions around here about this issues, and how lying or being deceitful is worse than just about anything else you could do. With a teenager and a pre-teen in the house, it's so important that they “get” that lesson.

  3. Who was it that said, “The true test of character is who you are when no one is watching?” And Jesus seemed to have a poor opinion of people who did good works to gain other's good opinions. Whitewashed sepulchure's or something like that.

  4. Oh goodness. Such a good reminder to be on our guard against temptation, especially when we think we are good people.

  5. Our culture is so resume based, that I think it becomes far too easy to think that its our list of accomplishments that counts.
    When I die, I am pretty sure God is not going to be asking for my resume…

  6. Not to justify his later behavior, but apparently he did try to call every number for Apple that he could find to give the thing back. But he should have just given it to the bartender.
    We have found a watch and a set of keys recently and the kids turned them both in to the proper authorities. Maybe all those lessons on the 10 Commandments have sunk in, but we still have lots of problems with the 5th (no fighting with siblings).

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