For these children honesty really is the best policy

For these children honesty really is the best policy

 
The two sisters and a brother, all aged between 8 and 12 years, wasted no time in returning Rs 15,000, which was given to them by mistake by a shopkeeper at a fair at Sahaswan in Budaon on Friday.

The three children, residents of Noida, had come to visit their relatives in Budaon to celebrate the forthcoming festival of Id. They had gone to the nearby Gandhi Maidan where a fair was organised.

The children bought a set of cups from a shopkeeper in the fair worth Rs 30 only. Fazil, the shopkeeper, by mistake, handed over another box to them, thinking that it had the cups. He did not then realise that the box in fact contained Rs 15,000.

The children, who did not realise the mistake then, came to know about it when they opened the box at home, their maternal uncle Javed said, adding they immediately rushed back to the venue to return the money but the shop was closed.

“The very first thing the children did in the morning was to go to the fair again, located the shop and returned the box to a plesantly shocked shopkeeper,” he said.

Fazil, who ran a small shop of general items, said it was almost his entire capital and he would have gone broke without the money.

“It is as if I have celebrated my Eid,” he said.
The children also looked happy after returning the money. “We did not do anything extraordinary. That is what every one should be doing,” the eldest of the siblings, Sameera Rizvi said. These three little children may have set an example for those much older to them to follow.

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