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Essay on Honesty Imagine this: You are at a MacDonald's drive through. You have ordered only one cheese burger, but when you drive up to the collection window, the young trainee hands you a big bag filled with food and a handful of change. There are two options, do you, A; tell the young trainee that you only ordered a cheese burger, (which costed you only $1.90) and give back to him the big bag of food and handful of change? Or do you, B; say thank you to the young trainee and drive off happily with the huge bag of food and all the change, feeling lucky that the trainee made a mistake with your order.

Of course, the first action suggested above, (A) is the honest and truthful way to resolve the problem. However, unfortunately, most of Austrtalia's youth population would choose the latter option, and therefore taking advantage of the young trainee's mistake by gaining extra food and a whole handful of spare change.

Below is the definition of 'honesty' from the Macquarie Encyclopaedic Dictionary: "Honest: 1. Honourable in principles, intentions and actions; upright, as in an honest person 2. Showing uprightness and fairness, as in an honest method 3. Acquired fairly, as in honest money 4. Open; sincere, as in an honest face 5. Genuine or unadulterated, as in honest commodities 6. Truthful; creditable; candid" Therefore, one can, by reading the definition above, assume the definition of 'honest' to be fair, truthful, trustworthy, earned fairly.

Another example would be: You are at a supermarket check out counter and you are paying for ice-cream, bread, fish, ham, and bacon which comes to a total of $43. It is your turn to pay and you hand the girl at the counter a $50 note. However, she is colour...