A couple of months ago I was down in Sao Paulo, Brazil for about a week for work. And I can converse in Spanish but don't know any Portuguese. So in speaking I could only go as far as the similarities with Spanish could take me.
One of the last days I was down there I went to a Mall food court to order some food from a little Italian fast food restaurant. And when I went to order the cashier asked if I had any smaller bills other than a $50 Brazilian Reais. So I set the money down on the counter and started looking through the my wallet and setting down money, but couldn't find enough smaller bills to pay for my food. So she said it would be fine and started collecting the appropriate change out of the cash register. She handed me over the receipt with the change and I collected the loose bills that I had laid out. Then I walked over and sat down at a table and waited for them to bring out the food.
As I sat their waiting I started looking through my wallet only to realize that not only did I get the food and my change back, but I still had the original $50BRL. I had set it down on the table and had piled other loose bills on top of it and in the confusion she had not taken my money. So I went back over to the lady at the cash register and tried to explain to the lady as best as possible that in the confusion she had not taken my money. She was partially confused from the language difference, but seemed just as confused that I had come back. But I just knew that it was the right thing to do and that honesty is a part of who I am.
Submitted by Anonymous
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