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Treble Trouble

Speaking without thinking can treble your troubles as this ancient story demonstrates.
A man was caught stealing a bag of onions and taken before a judge.
The judge gave him a choice of three punishments: eat the onions he had stolen at one sitting; submit to a hundred lashes of the whip or pay a fine.
The man said he would eat the onions. He began confidently enough but after eating a few, his eyes began to burn, his nose started running and his mouth felt as if it were on fire.
I cant eat the onions, he said. Give me the lashes instead.
But after he had received a few strokes he began to turn and twist to avoid the whip.
I cant bear it! he screamed, finally. Ill pay the fine.
So he paid the fine and was let off, but he became the laughing-stock of the city for having taken three punishments for the same crime.

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