One afternoon after school, Mary and her brother, Keith, were eating at a cafe
near their home. That afternoon, they had to share their table with another
person. That person was a young lady in her twenties. After eating, she went to
the restroom. Without realizing, she had left her handphone on the table. Five
minutes later, she came out and walked out of the cafe without looking back.
Mary saw the handphone on the table. She quickly told Keith, "Keith, the girl
left behind her handphone."
Keith looked at the handphone. It took his breadth away. It was one of the
latest models on the market. Looking very sleek,
it was red in colour with a black cover. The handphone must have cost about
Keith had always wanted a handphone. But his parents had told him, "You don't
need one. You can always use the house phone."
He stared at it for some minutes. Then he said slowly, pausing on very word,
"I want to take the handphone."
Mary could not believe her ears. She merely stared at her brother. "You
can't! What if the owner comes to look for it?"
Having made the decision, Keith quickly grabbed the handphone and put it in
his schoolbag. Then, he took Mary's hand and led her out of the cafe quickly.
Outside the cafe, he ran to his bicycle. Mary had to run after him.
Once back home, Keith locked his house door with
trembling hands. Inside his room, he took out the piece of beauty.
Oh, he liked it so much. Now he had his own handphone. Soon, he was polishing it
But Mary told him, "Keith, you cannot keep the handphone. What will you tell
father about this? He will ask you how you got the handphone."
Keith said quickly, "I will say a friend lent it to me."
Mary said, "Now you are lying too." Oh dear! When had Keith turned so
Then Mary saw a house phone number on the plastic cover of the handphone.
"This phone number is the girl's phone number. Why don't we just call this
number? We will talk to her and ask her to come and take back her handphone."
She was trying her utmost to talk some sense into him.
That night, Keith was tossing and turning
in bed. He had difficulty sleeping. Of course, he liked the new handphone.
However, he was feeling sorry for the owner. The lady looked young. She would be
very sad at the loss of her handphone.
In the morning, he decided to return the handphone to the owner. After
school, he old Mary, "I am going to phone the owner."
Mary was elated to hear that. Back home, they phoned the owners' house phone.
A girl answered the phone.
Kevin asked, "Are you the owner of the handphone ? I m Keith. I have your
handphone. Can you come and get it ?"
The girl replied excitedly, "Yes, yes ! I am the owner. Thank you ! Thank you
! I will come now." Ten minutes later, she was at the same cafe to meet Keith.
Handing back the handphone to her and seeing her smile happily, Keith realized
that honesty was indeed the best policy.