John was out for a walk when he heard a great crash behind him. He turned around and saw a “New York’s Super Soft Drinks” delivery truck overturned, with soda pop flowing out everywhere on the street. The driver seemed to be all right but was wailing, “Woe is me, woe is me,” nevertheless. A large crowd gathered around.
John asked the driver, “Are you all right?”
“No, I’m not hurt, but my boss is going to deduct the loss of all this soda pop from my paycheck. I’ll probably go bankrupt.”
Then from the crowd one man stepped forward and implored the crowd, “Did you hear this poor man? He’s going to owe a lot of money that he doesn’t have, because of this accident. He will have to go into debt, and might even go bankrupt and starve to death. We can’t let this happen. We must help him.”
The man himself then took off his cap and placed it on the ground next to the driver. And taking a $20 bill out of his wallet, he put it in the hat. “Well,” he tells the crowd, “what are you waiting for?! Help this poor man out. It will do your soul good.”
The crowd surged forward and very soon the hat was overflowing with money. The man picked up the cap and gave it to the driver. “Here, my good man, this will go a long way to help you out of trouble. Take this back to your company’s office and give it to your boss.”
As the man walked away, John said to the driver, “What a selfless act! I’d like to write to the newspapers about this. Have you ever seen him before? Do you know him?”
“Sure,” said the driver, “that’s my boss!”
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