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Guernsey Honesty Boxes And Shops

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Written by   67
2 months ago
I was really hoping the cat was for swap too. But I guess she was manning the box ❤️

When I was little, I use to read the quote from the BCBP or Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals. It goes like this, " Be honest even if others are not, even if others will not, and even if others cannot". This quote is also written on the wall of my elementary school. So growing up, I have always valued honesty and try to exercise it as much as I can, maybe except for some occasional little white lies to spare other people's feelings.

Colourful bouquets for sale ❤️💗💛

Lying has always been quite difficult for me. Because I too wish other people to be honest towards me. Honesty equates to honour, integrity, and sincerity. It is golden. It is not always easy to practice. And these days we find that sometimes people just can't be honest anymore. We then develop a sense of mistrust and we become cautious towards other people, specially people we barely know. We lock our houses, put security codes in our devices, install surveillance cameras, and other measures to ensure that we aren't cheated on or scammed.

Jams for sale. Book for sale or barter.

So it was much to my surprise when I first wandered the tiny roads and streets of Guernsey, to see a plentiful of honesty boxes. I remembered thinking out loud, "Wow the Guerns are too trusting! They believe so much in honesty and humanity. Are they for real?" I was truly baffled and amazed.

This one is Willow and Bloom's accessories. They are raising money for a charity called "Grow". As you can see, they even left their phone and card reader so people can pay through other means than just cash.

For those of you who have not heard of honesty boxes, it is simply a way of charging for a product or service using the honour system. Usually it is just a box with the products and the price label on them and a little tin can or piggy bank to put your payment in. These boxes are completely unmanned and unsupervised. So people may or may not pay for the goods.

50 pence for organic onions.

Here in Guernsey most of the products sold are flowers, fruits, veggies, homemade preserves, firewood and kindle, crafts and DIYs, fresh eggs, baked goodies, and second hand stuff. Normally they prefer cash payments, but some accepts barter or trade, one shop even accepts pay pass or card.

Daffodil buds for sale.

Generally, I would say people proved to be quite honest and trustworthy in Guernsey. As if they were not, this system would have been long gone. Some people when they cannot pay leaves a note and comes back the next day with the payment. Although this is not always the case, and sometimes, we hear in the social media or news about some disappointing people who does not pay for the goods and even vandalise the honesty box. Most of these culprits were found to be teenagers. This makes me really sad and worried how the new generation does not have the same honour and sense of responsibility as the older generation does.

Wood work products.

To conclude this article, I don't really know until how long this tradition will last. There are a lot of honest people out there, but society seems to be getting more and more corrupted these days. If we don't teach the new generation well and inculcate the values of honesty in them while they are young, we are at risk of having a troublesome world. Thankfully, it is not yet too late. We can still focus on nurturing the value of honesty in our families and in our homes. Hopefully 50 years from now, honesty boxes will not be just a thing of the past.

More bouquets for sale. ❤️

My dear readers, it is a beautiful thing to trust and be trusted, let us not lose it. Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think of my article. Cheers!

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The cat looks angry hehe

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2 months ago

It's awe-inspiring to see honesty box like this. Hope to see more in future! Honesty is truly one core value in every relationship. Hope everyone is able to cultivate it from a young age. :)

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2 months ago

I could not agree more with you. An honest person is a good citizen of the world.

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2 months ago

It's very sad to read what the next generation is doing. And the honesty boxes are our conscience. If we have one, we will react appropriately.

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2 months ago

Truly and I would like to think people are naturally born kind and conscientious.

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2 months ago

It was nice to see the cat manning the box. I have heard a lot of honesty boxes. But it came to my realization with these posted pictures. Very interesting. Definitely, the people of Guernsey should be honest too.👍

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2 months ago

She was so cute I was contemplating on taking her home but I might end up with a scratch 😂Generally so they are honest and helpful people.

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2 months ago

Nice to get this new information of people

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2 months ago

Lol I saw the cat!!! Thought it was for sale or swap haha gotta take it 😁

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2 months ago

Hahaha I had exactly the same sentiment but she looks very stern we might end up with a couple of scratches.

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2 months ago

This quote which you have mentioned in the start of your writing has taken my heart ❤️ you are so pure

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2 months ago

Awww thank you. I wouldn't say pure but I do try to do the right thing.

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2 months ago

Na amazed ako sa mga flowers sobrang ganda tingnan. Ang ganda ng mga colors. Mahilig din kasi ako sa mga flowers sis. 🥰❤️

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2 months ago

Truly sis. I do love flowers too.

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2 months ago

Sobrang ganda lang talaga nila tingnan sis nuh. 🥰

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