Once upon a time there was a man named John who lived in a small town. John was known around town for being a very honest person. However, one day that all changed.
John’s friend, Dave, had recently started a business selling homemade soaps. Dave had asked John to try his soaps and provide honest feedback. John tried them and thought they were terrible. He couldn’t bear to tell his friend the truth and hurt his feelings, so instead he told Dave that the soaps were the best he had ever used.
Dave was thrilled and started advertising that his soaps had been given the stamp of approval by John. Before long, everyone in town was buying Dave’s soaps and telling him how amazing they were. Dave’s business was booming!
John felt terrible that he had lied to Dave, but he wasn’t sure what to do. He didn’t want to ruin his friend’s business. Things continued on like this for a while, until one day John couldn’t take it anymore. He had to come clean.
He pulled Dave aside and told him the truth. Dave was devastated. He had put all his savings into this business and now he had a bunch of unhappy customers. Dave decided to shut down his business because he couldn’t handle the disappointment.
John felt terrible for what he had done, but he learned a valuable lesson. He realized that lying, even if it’s to spare someone’s feelings, can have serious consequences. It’s always better to be honest, even if it’s difficult.