There lived a man in the state of Qi who loved gold above everything else. Nothing else could excite him as much as the sight of gold.
One day while passing a jeweller's shop he saw a man handling a bar of gold. He rushed in, grabbed the gold and ran.
But he was soon caught.
"Why did you steal the gold in front of so many people?" asked the judge.
"Your worship," said the man, "when I saw the gold I became blind to everything else. I did not see the people around."