The Guilty Man

Once, Frederick the Great toured one of the prisons in Berlin.  Seeing their king pass, every prisoner pled their case before him, begging him to pardon them, claiming that they were innocent of every crime.  He ignored them all, until he came to one prisoner, quiet in his cell.  Intrigued, Fritz asked him why he was there.

“Armed robbery,” replied the prisoner.

“And are you guilty?” asked the king.

“Yes, indeed, Your Majesty.  I deserve my punishment.”

Frederick called to the guards.  “Remove this man from this prison at once,” he declared.  “I won’t have this guilty scoundrel kept in this prison where he will corrupt all these innocent men who occupy it.”

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