A Chinese Morality Tale

A teacher in China had her bag stolen, losing her cell phone, credit cards and a lot of cash. Instead of calling police, a Chinese news agency reports, the woman sent text messages to her phone. "Keep the (money) if you really need it," she wrote, "to err is human. Correcting your mistakes is more important." After 21 messages, the thief returned the bag, the money and a note begging forgiveness.

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A Chinese news agency is reporting what sounds like a classic Chinese communist morality tale. A teacher had her bag stolen with her cell phone, credit cards and lots of cash. Instead of calling the police, she decided to send text messages to her phone. Keep the money if you really need it, she wrote. To err is human. Correcting your mistakes is more important. After 21 messages, the thief returned the bag, the money, and a note begging forgiveness.

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