Hear today’s Warm and Fuzzy here!
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Fiorella LaGuardia was mayor of New York City. One night he visited Night Court in one of the poorest sections of the city and asked the judge, “Why don’t you go home for the evening and let me take over the bench?” The judge hesitated, but since it was the mayor, he agreed.
The first case LaGuardia heard that night was of an elderly woman who was arrested for stealing bread. “Are you innocent or guilty?” the mayor asked. The woman replied softly, “I needed the bread, your Honor, to feed my grandchildren.”
LaGuardia responded, “I have no option but to punish you. Your sentence is ten dollars or ten days in jail.”
As he proclaimed his ruling, he tossed ten dollars into his hat. Then he fined every person in the courtroom fifty cents for “living in a city where a grandmother has to steal food to feed her grandchildren.” When everyone contributed fifty cents, the woman paid her fine and left the courtroom with an additional $47.50.
The mayor knew the difference between correction and compassion. Today, I hope you will look for an opportunity to express an act of kindness.
– Author Unknown