Mark D. Roberts

Note: I’ll get back to my Thin Places series soon. Sorry for the delay.
On a recent trip through the Dallas Fort Worth airport, I was surprised that they’re selling copies of USA Today on the honor system. The copies of the newspaper are sitting out where anyone can take them. A little sign says: “For Purchase Only – Please depost $1.00 in coin tube.” The so-called coin tube at the top of the stand was filled with dollar bills. (Should they call it the “bill tube”?)
Although this newspaper stand was sitting outside of a Starbucks, nobody was monitoring it, as far as I could tell. I could easily have walked off with a free (well, okay, stolen) copy of USA Today.
I don’t know about you, but it does my heart good to see such a thing in today’s world. I have observed honor system sales in bookstores at retreat centers. In fact, we work on the honor system at Laity Lodge. But that’s in the middle of nowhere, far away from the crowds. The fact that people at DFW will pay for USA Today newspapers because it’s the right thing to do gladdens my heart.

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