Settle - Where The Good People Are
As you might have noticed, here at Bitterwallet, we’re not exactly lacking when it comes to curmudgeonly cynicism. No, seriously, you should come to one of our weekly vinegar-drinking meetings that give us our power.
But, underneath it all lies an abiding faith in humanity, a deep-rooted belief that greed doesn’t have to come before everything else. Unless we’re fighting over the last bottle of vinegar.
This story has warmed the cockles of our heartstrings and reinvigorated us as we head into 2009. It’s about Tom Algie, the proprietor of the Practically Everything store in Settle, North Yorkshire.
Tom fancied the day off on Boxing Day, but didn’t want to disappoint any loyal customers who might need to make an emergency purchase. So he built an honesty box out of a funnel and plastic cereal box, left the shop door open and went home to spend time with his family.
Magnificently, Tom’s trust and faith in his fellow Settler was rewarded – he took £187.66 and two euros, and shoppers left notes to tell him what they’d bought.
Our favourite has to be "Thanks Tom. This is why we moved to Settle. This shop would have been cleaned out in two and a half minutes in Bolton."