The Law Makes No Exceptions Sir, But…
Once when Mr. La Guardia, the famous mayor of New York, was presiding at a police court, a trembling old man was brought before him charged with stealing a loaf of bread. He said that his family was starving.
“Well, I’ve got to punish you,” said Mr. La Guardia. “The law makes no exception, and I can do nothing but sentence you to a fine of ten dollars.” Then he said, after reaching into his pocket, “And here’s the ten dollars to pay your fine. And now I remit the fine.”
Then, tossing the ten-dollar bill into his famous outside hat, he said, “Furthermore, I’m going to fine everybody fifty cents for living in a town where a man has to steal bread in order to eat. Mr. Bailiff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant.”
The hat was passed and the incredible old man, with the light of Heaven in his eyes, left the courtroom with forty-seven dollars and fifty cents.
~ From The Methodist Recorder
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