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Honest Tea: Beverage Company Tests Your Honesty

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America is known as the land of the free, home of the brave and —  the country of honesty?

It appears we’re all good little angels, for the most part.

But one company, Honest Tea, wanted to put folks to the test.

So, it did a little experiment using the honor system. It set up unmanned tea stands in all 50 states. People had a choice: Pay a dollar for a bottle of tea or just grab one and go. Without any outer influences other than their own good conscience, Honest Tea employees watched what people walking by would do.

What they found was surprising.

According to the Honest Tea National Honesty Index, 95% of people actually did what the sign ordered and paid for their drinks.

It also determined which states are the most honest, with Hawaii and Alabama taking those honors. Rhode Island came in dead last.

Texans ranked right in the middle. So, I guess you can only trust us half the time.

The survey also found that women are more honest than men. Who would have thought?

And, blondes came out on top while people with black hair grabbed more free tea than anybody else. For some, honesty isn’t always the best policy.

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