Stealing bread|سرقت نان

“112th story”


A man got caught while stealing in the Bazaar. The Bazaar’s security arrested him and took the thief to the judge.


The security explained that he saw this thief stealing a loaf of bread from the bakery.


The judge said: “A thief is a thief, it doesn’t matter what this man stole. A thief should be punished for his actions. I order the executioner to cut off the thief’s right hand. Everyone should learn a lesson when this thief walks around.”


The thief cried and explained how hungry his children are at home, and he hasn’t found any job for the past month. He begged the judge not to cut his hand because he would never be able to work and provide for his family.



A wise man was a close friend with the judge who was present at the trial. The wise man listened carefully to the hearing and said to the judge: “I am not sure if I agree with your decision.”


The judged asked surprisingly: “How can you say that, my friend?”


The wise man replied: “If a person chooses to become a thief, your decision would be fair, and you should cut off his hand. But if someone steals out of hunger, you should cut off the governor’s hand.”

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  1. Oh yay, that is certainly a wise message 🙂

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  2. Wow, Laleh another beautifully crafted life lesson story. The man didn’t choose to be a thief, that wasn’t his life goal or career. He only wanted to provide food. The wise friend saw beyond the perception and saw the man’s heart and need. He was moved with great passion.

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  3. When this happens no one remains hungry…
    Great story as always!

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  4. It is a good story about the meaning of justice.

    Someone told me that in all countries that are basically Muslim, people feel obliged to help the poor, and there are no homeless persons who die of starvation or cold. This may be true or not, it is nice however.

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  5. The wise man is right… cut out those responsible for hunger!! 🙂

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  6. Beautiful story specially the last sentence from the wise man, it’s really true.

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  7. Wise reply to the judgement

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  8. that means a lot-if someone steals out of hunger, you should cut off the governor’s hand. Actually this should happen

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  9. Do you know the story of the man who was caught for the third time stealing who convinced the ruler he could teach his horse to sing in one month? He thus was reprieved for a month – to spend day and night with the horse for the ruler dearly loved that animal and if it could sing he would be so happy and what was one more month for the thief who surely would lose his head come the next moon if the horse remained mute. The ruler’s young daughter visited the man and the horse as his handless arms were thrust into the curry-combs and he brushed the horse and crooned endless and sometimes wordless tunes. “Old thief, surely you know you will not teach my father’s horse to sing. A month or a lifetime makes no difference. You will lose your head. The old handless man looked up at the young girl and said:
    That all may be true young person. I am a thief under sentence. I have a month to teach this horse to sing. Who knows? I may die before the month is out. The horse may die; the ruler may die. Who knows? The horse may sing.
    I enjoyed Laleh Chini your story very much. It’s commentary came suddenly. The judge was/is a fortunate man to have such a wise friend. Yet I fear The Governor may hear of the eminently good sense the judge’s friend espoused. And perhaps both the friend and the judge may be in trouble.

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  10. That would, indeed, be true justice!
    A beautiful tale, as always, Laleh 🙂

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  11. Laleh, thanks for sharing. I am surprised some countries still do this sort of thing. If a person is hungry, give them some bread, water and whatever they need. Humanity comes first, not money. Wishing you many blessings.

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  12. Thank goodness the judge listened to reason! 🙂

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  13. Reblogged this on lampmagician and commented:
    One of the wisest advice I’ve ever known 👍👍🙏💖

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  14. or at least help the Governor find another job. This business of cutting off body parts is madness.

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  15. This rule – and many others like it – have inhabited many lands and many cultures throughout human history. Here in “The Middle” part of North America we once had laws against vagrancy (and in some places still do!) requiring jail for those come afoul of a must-have money condition. Once upon a slavery South and existing well into the dregs of the 20th Century it was legal for a man to pee in public (so long as he made every effort without trespass so to do without being seen. Why? Because in the earlier parts of the 19th Century none would allow a slave to enter a home or business for the purpose of micturaton. And, later, the rule was (mis?)applied to any in need of a lavatory’s second option, especially if they were young or old, scruffy or neat but all without the means of gaining entrance. Some enterprising public places even charged a dime or a quarter – or more? – for the privilege of a private stall in a non-euphemistically coigned “rest-room. Being placed on a “chain gang” in America in the mid-20th Century (also called a work camp) was not a bed of roses. Some such camps existed into the last decades of that time-slice. In other lands being without the means of a private place to eliminate was, on its face, evidence of a crime. The stealing of a loaf got Jean Valjean sentenced to Devil’s Island in the Dumas classic. I suspect no culture on this seen-it-all planet is devoid of compassion, either personal or public. I know of a restaurateur who keeps a broom or a mop handy to alleviate anyone who comes to his kitchen’s back door in search of a handout. And in the necessary cases he dispenses with the work-for-your-crust rule. Justice, I believe, is best applied personally: when governments get involved mercy sometimes wanders. Thank you, Laleh Chini, for the opportunity to ramble on.

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  16. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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  17. What a sharp, insightful tale! No first world country should have hungry people.

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  18. Whenever I read a story like this, it breaks my heart. Do something for the family to survive. Great post.

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  19. Your stories are so encouraging. They always end with a moral that teaches how to live and be a good person.
    best regards

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  20. Yes the sentence does seem a bit harsh for the crime. Is this a cultural lack of understanding on my part?

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  21. Great writing.Thanks a lot madam for sharing .🌹🙏

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  22. Thanks for being a friend; you are very kind.

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  23. This reminds me on some other, older story and the beginning of the famous book and a movie “Les Miserables”, a book written by famous French realist Victor Hugo…

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