9) A Story About A Poor Granny

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This heartwarming real story happened in Indonesia.  It’s regarding a judge handling a theft case.  The defendant is an old frail granny from a meager family.  She committed the crime as her child was sick and grandchildren were starving.
She succumbed to stealing cassavas for them.  But the manager of the plantation insisted to put her behind bars, so she has to face the punishment.
After reading the sentence, Judge Marzuki took a deep breath and made the announcement.  “I’m sorry Grandma, I have to abide the law.  You are guilty of what you have done, you are to pay a fine of 1 million rupiah (about US$100/=) or you’ll be put behind bar for 2½ years.”

The old grandma lowered her head with grief.  At this moment, the judge put away his judge’s cap, took out 1 million rupiah from his wallet and put it on his cap.  He went on and spoke to the people in the front court.  “Under the name of the justice, I have to sentence everyone here guilty of a fine of 50,000 rupiah (about US$5/=) as a city dweller, you let an old lady here steal for her family because of starvation.”
 The honourable judge then pass his hat around for the fine to be amass by everyone including the cassava park manager.
 Before the court dismissal, old grandma has been awarded a 3.5million rupiah fine.  The money is used to pay up her fine.  She went home with what’s left and was very touched with what has been done to her.

52 thoughts on “9) A Story About A Poor Granny

    mixedupmeme said:
    November 25, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I hear and read about these deeds of kindness……..but not too often. But I think they happen more often than we hear or read about.
    Where do we hear or read about them? Through the media of course and the media seem to want to report big weird sensational things instead of these wonderful acts of compassion.

    I have just celebrated my country’s Thanksgiving. I am thankful and hopeful when I read stories like the one you posted. :)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      thank you for your compliments! I really don’t know how to express myself by receiving such number of responding to this post.
      Although we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving day, but since after this, I will surely remember this special day! cheers!

    Cathy Ulrich said:
    November 25, 2012 at 1:44 am

    This story brought tears to my eyes, Sydney. Thank you for sharing it!
    Cathy

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

      so sorry for that! let pay a salute and respect to this honorable judge.

    Fantelius said:
    November 25, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Lovely story. Great judge.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

      yes! a great and wise gentleman! I am glad you guys like it! thanks!

    Don said:
    November 25, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Wonderful story of compassion, Sydney. Loved the idea that somehow all were complicit in the starvation

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Thanks Don, I hope this article catch up the soul of Thanksgiving day and we should feel thankful and show gratitude each day which I believe you will! have a great weekend!

    Emily Rain said:
    November 25, 2012 at 3:29 am

    This is why God let everything fall into place. What a blessing!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:30 am

      yes! and let them share the sweet and bitterness of life. They will be strong and union. Thanks Emily.

    reflectionsonlifethusfar said:
    November 25, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Lovely and touching story! Thanks for sharing. It brought a tear to my eye-in a good way :)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:32 am

      you are most welcome! I am happy you like it!

    reflectionsonlifethusfar said:
    November 25, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Reblogged this on Reflections on Life Thus Far and commented:
    This story touched me so thought I’d share with you. It’s a nice story if you read all of it.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Hey! thanks for Reblogging! wish you have a great weekend!

        reflectionsonlifethusfar said:
        November 25, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        You’re welcome :) Thanks for posting it. Have a great weekend too.

    keiththegreen said:
    November 25, 2012 at 5:30 am

    True justice from a wise judge.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Indeed, it reflects a graceful corner from a heart warming gentleman! thanks for visiting my Blog! cheers!

    prewitt1970 said:
    November 25, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Every once in a while someone gets it. Human kindness and what it truly means to do the right thing. Thank you for sharing this story.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Yes! I am sure human kindness is with everybody, is just a matter of we wanted to show or not.
      Thanks for responding my post! cheers!

    Jean-Jacques @ Gypsy Café said:
    November 25, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Thank you for sharing this uplifting story and helping us to remember our humanity.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

      you are most welcome, Jean! I am glad you like it! have a great weekend!

    katrinaedwards said:
    November 25, 2012 at 9:13 am

    If I were there, I will definitely do the same as what the judge did..and I would give the judge a big hug for his kindness….

    “there is a part for the needy in your earnings and so give them their right” this is always reminded to us by my late father….its from the Quran.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

      for me I will put the manager behind the bar for what he has done to a poorly granny and hire her to be the care taker for the plantation!

    Katherine Gordy Levine said:
    November 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Pinned this. Caring and sharing helps all grow strong. The judge was a wise man. The Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/147141112797106526/

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Hey! I appreciate your kind thought!

    aFrankAngle said:
    November 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Great thoughts for humanity …. and thanks for visiting my little corner of the world.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Thanks! I like your Blog too, is so informative and educational! let cheer together!

        aFrankAngle said:
        November 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        Thanks …. humor and oddities aren’t my style, but I envy those who can.

    khaula mazhar said:
    November 25, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Wonderful post about wonderful people. It is so heartening to know there are still such incredible people in this mess of a world we live in.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      yes! this is the power side of Blogging, let spread the good and kindness being to the whole world! thanks for reading Khaula!

    utesmile said:
    November 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    How wonderful and heartwarming this story is! There are some people with big warm hearts!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      yes! they are ! thanks for your frequent visit! I really appreciate that! cheers! :)

    Doggy's Style said:
    November 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Really nice story.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      thanks, is really heart warming!

    randomiser144 said:
    November 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Fantastic! I put my hat off!
    Why don’t you switch on the LIKE button?

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      sorry I am quite new in Blogging, what like button?

        randomiser144 said:
        November 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        Go to Dashboard-Settings-Reading-Enhanced Feeds (check the Sharing box)
        Then

        Dashboard-Settings-Sharing (here you can switch on social cervices)
        Go down the page to the words:

        WordPress.com Likes are and check “On for all posts”. Try! )))

        Sydney Fong responded:
        November 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        thanks you are so helpful! but this what I did!

        randomiser144 said:
        November 25, 2012 at 11:18 pm

        ))) OK!

    kelihasablog said:
    November 26, 2012 at 1:46 am

    It is nice to hear of such wonderful acts of random kindness…. This makes me smile… Thanks you! :D

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Kelihasa! I always believe with many kind souls around, the world is not that bad to live,

    Charron's Chatter said:
    November 26, 2012 at 3:23 am

    you always have your finger on the pulse, Sydney–posting just that which I want/need to read. :)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for your compliments, Charron! you know when I put up jokes, it means is time for me to distress myself!

    Gaël LOAËC/Paul ANDREWS (Blog 3) said:
    November 26, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Hi Sydney !!!!
    une belle preuve de la solidarité face à la détresse d’une vieille dame qui n’avait que pour nourrir son monde, le vol d’autrui !!!!
    j’dis bravo au juge de son geste premier qui a fiat suivre dans la salle de même….
    bien à toi Sydney.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      November 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      thanks Paul! By the way what is your language? I want to use Google translation to translate you post.

        Gaël LOAËC/Paul ANDREWS (Blog 3) said:
        November 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

        I live in France mister Sydney, i speak French language
        good week for you

        Sydney Fong responded:
        November 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        Thanks Paul! I see you around!

    yepiratesays said:
    November 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Wow!!

    heartflow2012 said:
    December 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks for this one! This is our New Humanity!
    Best wishes for the Ne Year, Dear Sydney!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      You are welcome! You are someone that I can’t hold a candle to you! Your philosophic deep enough for me to go on many life times, I have far more to go, truly! And I wish you be well and happy and Merry Christmas!

        heartflow2012 said:
        December 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Thank you for your kind words! And don’t forget, it is YOU who choose all the uplifting stories and pictures on this inspiring blog! We all have a different path, that is sure! Cheers!

        Sydney Fong responded:
        December 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        Even though, we are on the same path, I am sure I am far off behind! Have a great weekend! Cheers! :)

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