The Other Side of the Story - A Puff and A Huff

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The Other Side of the Story - Giving People the Benefit of the Doubt

Exercise your ability to judge favorably; otherwise, you may end up with...


I got into a cab the other day in Jerusalem. "Do you mind not smoking?" I asked the cab driver.

"No, I don't mind," he said. But he made no motion to extinguish the cigarette which dangled from his lips.

"Well then," I said, "is it possible to put out your cigarette?"

"It's possible," he said, but again he took no action.

"Look," I said, "I can't ride with you if you're smoking."

"Okay," he said.

"Fine!" I said. "I'm taking another cab!" I opened the door and got out in a huff.

"Look," said the driver, holding up his unstarted cigarette. "It wasn't even lit!"

Sheepishly, I got back into the cab.

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Based on "The Other Side of the Story" by Mrs. Yehudis Samet, ArtScroll Series

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