The Best Policy … Even If It Is a Little Late

This week’s Words for the Week …

A Sussex (England) man who forgot about a speeding fine for 52 years has paid up after finding the ticket in an old coat pocket.

John Gedge, 84, was caught doing 55 mph in a 35 mph zone during a holiday to Philadelphia in the US in July 1954. He promised to pay the fine when he returned to his hotel, but forgot — until he found the speeding ticket.

He sent a note of apology with a £5 note to Philadelphia police and phoned to say sorry. John, who lives in an East Sussex nursing home, said: “I told them that Englishmen always pay their debts, and my conscience is now clear.”

US Police Officer Mark Focht said: “I’m going to frame the letter and the five pound note as an example to everyone that honesty is the best policy, even if it is a little late.”

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself. — Alice Walker

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2 Responses to The Best Policy … Even If It Is a Little Late

  1. Bruce says:

    I believe honesty is the best policy. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but this is the way I honestly feel. So many people lie, distort the truth, are deceptive or tell half truths. Sometimes, I feel like a dying breed, but I have to be myself and live my life as I think is right.


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