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Itís Hell Being Carnal
The Dumoss family, Fred and Ethel Dumoss cheated a little on their income tax. They saved fifteen dollars by doing so. They lied a little when paying tax on their car purchase to save themselves twenty bucks. They converted their garage into a family room, but never removed the outside garage doors, so the building inspector would never find out and access taxes and fees for the improvement to their house.
They worried a lot about being discovered in their dishonesty or not being able to pull off the next scam. They would worry for hours prior to going out to their favorite buffet; whether or not they could get away with getting free soft drinks from the waitress. When they couldnít get free sodas, they would put up such a fuss, wanting to see the manager, even if that made them look worse.
Saving a nickel here or a dime there made them feel like they were getting away with something. And the feeling was exhilarating. It also gave them ulcers, not knowing when they might get caught.
Later on in life, they had stolen a total of $1,247.68 over a thirty-year period by Godís estimation and He was a pretty good estimator. Then one day, they had to have their ulcers removed and be treated over the following ten days for preoperative infection. Their insurance wouldnít pay for it, so it came out of their own pocket in the amount of $12,756.32. Their ulcer operation was due to their dishonesty in the first place.
687 separate acts of dishonesty over a gut wrenching 30-year time frame, netted them a total of $1,247.68. Their health needs, because of their thieving lifestyles cost them $12,756.32 with a loss of $11,508.64 in money, as well as their health, 30 years of needless worrying andÖoh yesÖtheir immortal soul.
Copyright © 2008 Mark Edgemon
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