Cheating the System is Expensive

by Sanctified Brother

I watched a brother in the train station get arrested for fare evasion. His shaky hands were behind his back, wrists adorned with handcuffs that, no doubt, kept common thieves occupied while they awaited booking. His face was downcast, worry traced his brow. He was surrounded by plain clothes officers, their disquieting appearance seemingly causing him to shrink right there, in front of them.

It’s not just the public embarrassment the brother faced. The psychological trauma will undoubtedly haunt him for years to come. The nightmare of facing the penal system is powerful and real, something that doesn’t let you sleep well at night.

He jumped the turnstile. He beat the fare. He stole a transportation opportunity. He cheated the “system.” Now he’s facing a hefty ticket. Brothers and sisters, be smart. Don’t try to cheat the “system.” Not only is it unethical, it’s expensive. You don’t come out ahead because you will pay.

Ask yourself one question before you try to cheat: Is it worth it?

It doesn’t make sense to jeopardize your future or your finances or your job in an effort to save a tiny amount of money. In this man’s case, attempting to save $2.25 cost him $100.00 in fines. An inexpensive fare has become an expensive fine.