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Ship Captain

The story is told about a ship Captain who had a route that ran from California to Columbia. One day, as he was preparing to leave California, he was approached by some drug dealers who offered him $50,000 to allow a small shipment of drugs on his vessel. He immediately said no.

On each of his next three trips, they raised the offer, finally reaching $150,000. He hesitated. Then he said ‘maybe.’

As soon as he was alone again, he contacted the FBI an they set up a sting operation and successfully arrested the drug dealers. One of the agents asked the Captain, “Why did you wait until they offered $150,000 before contacting us?”

His reply: “They were getting close to my price.”

3) Gene Haraldsen, Defeating Temptation, July 2002, – ship captain illustration

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