I've read the story before, but just saw it again on the Google Blogscoped blog and thought it was a refreshing reminder of how a person who knows the truth could demonstrate humility while leading others to embrace truth as well.
While he was prime minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill once hosted a posh state dinner, attended by dignitaries from around the world. At one point, he was taken aside by the head butler, who quietly informed him that Lady So-and-so had been observed stealing a silver salt-shaker and placing it in her purse. “How do you suggest this matter be handled?” asked the butler.When you read this story, do you think it worked?
“Leave it to me,” replied Churchill. The prime minister then made his way across the room, pausing along the way to pick up the matching pepper shaker from the dinner table. He stepped up to Lady So-and-so, took her by the arm, and guided her out of earshot of the other guests. Then he pulled the pepper shaker from his pocket and showed it to the woman. “My dear lady,” he said in a guilty-sounding voice, “I think we’ve been seen! Perhaps we’d better both put them back!”
Do you think the thief stopped stealing?
Would it have been better to make a public spectacle of the situation?
How do you think you would have reacted in this instance?
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