“No legacy is so rich as honesty” – William Shakespeare
On September 2, an 18-year-old Chinese student name Zhang Youquin took a ride on her bicycle and headed to the bank to deposit her excess money after she finished registering at the college. It was such a great day for the young student as everything seemed to be fine for her first semester in school.
However, while Zhang was looking at the road signs on her way to the bank, she didn’t notice a luxury car parked on the street which caused her bike to accidentally scratch the Lexus ES350. But instead of breaking away and escaping, she decided to wait under the heat of the sun for the car’s owner who came back after an hour and she took responsibility of what she had done.
“Uncle, are you the owner of this car? I’m very sorry about it. I accidentally scratched your car with my bicycle, and I’ve been waiting for you,” an apologetic Zhang said.
Upon hearing Zhang’s heartfelt words, the man identified as Zang, who works for a property firm, was touched with the student’s honesty and bravery in telling him the truth and taking full accountability for her mistake.
“I was curious seeing a girl standing beside my car. She seemed to be in panic and scared when I first saw her. When I got to know that she waited under the hot sun for an hour, I was deeply touched. I told her that no compensation was needed,” he said.
Moved by the car owner’s gesture, Zhang broke down in tears and thanked him sincerely for not holding her accountable. The two engaged in a brief conversation and in the course of exchanging their life stories, Zang learned that she came from a poor family and that they only got her tuition fee amounting to 8,000 Yuan ($1,200) through a loan.
Shortly, the director of the property firm where Zang was working learned about Zhang’s story. Instantly he admired the student and thought of giving her a reward for her honesty.
He said, “The scratched car was a Lexus, and it cost around 700,000 Yuan ($106,000). After inspection, the cost of repairing the car was set at 2,000Yuan ($300). However, the girl’s family wasn’t financially well off and it’d be rubbing salt on their wound if we asked her to pay up. So, not only should we not ask her to pay, we should help her to complete her college education.”
And as Zhang’s reward, the company had sponsored her tuition fees for 4 years in college and was even offered a sure position in the company after her graduation. Indeed, her honesty had brought her far more than she can ever imagine.
She is such a lucky girl, isn’t she?