Honest Tea, a Bethesda, Maryland based company, decided to put multiple cities’ integrity to the test. They left cases of their tea and other tea-based drinks out on a stand with a large lucite box that asked people to donate $1 for the tea that they were taking. This test answers the fundamental question of whether or not people will cheat if they think that no one is watching. With stands set up on Capitol Hill, the National Mall, Union Station, Farragut North and Chinatown, one would think that being used to hidden cameras and agencies like the CIA and FBI in close proximity, Washingtonians would be honest. So, what’s the answer? DC was 93 percent honest.
Now, depending on how much you were raised with the idea that you just don’t take what it not yours, this may be a bit of a surprise in that either you thought DC would be more honest or your surprised that more people would not cheat. While 93 percent may seem like a decent amount of honest folks, sadly, it does not beat the most honest city, Boston, which came in at 93.3 percent honest.
DC comparatively was much more honest than Obama’s own city of Chicago, which was 78 percent honest and Atlanta and New York who came in 89 percent honest.
More than receiving a free drink, those that didn’t pay were simultaneously not contributing to charity. All proceeds from the Honest Store were donated to City Year, a non-profit that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities to change the world.
Honest Tea is an organic tea company that makes some of the best tea and tea-blended drinks in town. Remarkably, Seth Goldman, Honest Tea’s TeaEO, notes that tea is not washed. It’s picked straight from the fields and then dried and brewed for an excellent drink. So, while some may ask, why go organic, to him, it just makes sense.
Supporting organic tea is important not only for your own health, but for the health of the environment as well. So come on, DC, be Honest and enjoy some tea, but pay for your own.