The Cookie Thief

by Stephen on May 5, 2009 · 89 comments

in Moral Stories

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be. . .grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”

With each cookie she took, he took one too, when only one was left, she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other, she snatched it from him and thought… oooh, brother. This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude, why he didn’t even show any gratitude!

She had never known when she had been so galled, and sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat, then she sought her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair, the others were his, and he tried to share. Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

By Valerie Cox in “A Matter of Perspective”
Submitted by Tom “The Colonel” Parker

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{ 89 comments… read them below or add one }

1 James Rayburn May 27, 2009 at 2:04 am

I’m an engineering and controls guy. I’m learning to have more appreciation for the arts as I get older, and this is certainly a beautiful work of art. This just made my day better than it should already be.

2 Jay August 4, 2009 at 7:10 am

This is an excellent poem…Wonderfully written and I love it so much… :-)

3 Clo..x October 16, 2009 at 11:56 am

Wow lol i think this is such a cool story

4 Ndoumah October 21, 2009 at 5:56 am

Do not let the chain of love end with you. Learn to share joyfully.

5 Arfaoui Abdelhak January 25, 2010 at 8:01 pm

This is the best poem I have ever read about misjudging people. We should not judge people for being bad or worse till we outweigh our judgement. Most of time we have the impression that we are right when wre are totally in the wrong. We should, therefore, not harry up in passing our judgement on people; we should not accuse them because they may be good people.

6 Sathya February 4, 2010 at 10:06 am

Cool story

7 Dodong June 18, 2010 at 9:44 am

Love it…we sometimes misjudge others and fail to examine ourselves’s embarrassing but it’s true..

8 Kanika July 3, 2010 at 9:23 am

This is an awesome story……. I really liked it a lot.

9 Jas July 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Good story

10 Dennis Tan July 20, 2010 at 7:19 am


11 Tas July 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Really good

12 Ishika August 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Very, very good poem. I love it. Hats off.

13 Yean Thoong August 7, 2010 at 7:16 am

Lesson Learnt! XD

14 Angie Lollar November 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Very good poem with a HUGE lesson on misjudging people!!!!

Kudos to the Author!

15 Tyler H. December 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm

That was pleasantly clever and brilliantly written. That tale will give me chuckles for the rest of the day! Oh the irony; well played, well played. X8D

16 Fayaz February 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

first I read it and I have to read it again when I realized that it was a poem. One has to look at it from different perspective. Good ending.

17 Seshu March 16, 2011 at 4:06 am

No words really good story.

18 stallone April 11, 2011 at 4:11 am

Nice one.. i like it.. Sharing is best thing one can do..

19 miley May 24, 2011 at 11:14 am

Nice story! It’s a nice story about sharing and how nice a person can be

20 JONITA June 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Yes, it is really a very good poem.

21 Akhila June 22, 2011 at 1:58 am

Wonderful work. Intelligent writer.

22 Pranav Kapoor June 22, 2011 at 7:02 am

Brilliant, best story. I was finding a story for five hours for my holidays. I wish to meet the author once in my life!

23 isha sudan July 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm


24 Joyce Padilla July 15, 2011 at 6:13 am

It is nice .. great.

25 Nathan Tan July 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

Wow it was very weird for the lady she was eating the guys cookies :)

26 TruColorz August 5, 2011 at 6:43 am


27 Mimi August 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I laughed so hard at the end when she realized she was eating the man cookies. Too funny.

28 Jeya August 23, 2011 at 12:07 am

It’s really a cool story… It taught us to examine ourselves before judging others… !!!

29 Maine August 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Cool :p

30 UMESH September 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Only thing I can say is Owesome story. Really appreciable and a fantastic lesson to learn from the man in the story. Thanx

31 Rajiv.singh September 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Really great story…….. a very good example of the following saying ‘don’t come to a conclusion until you have proper knowledge of the situation’

32 Timbukku September 9, 2011 at 6:25 am

The man must be thinking… what a rude lady thief.

33 Brandon Roberts September 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

That was so funny, she was the thief. Ha, I wonder if she told that story to her family :)

34 Harrison Moore September 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Totally awsome

35 Lorenzo September 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

That was confusing in the end, but she almost went crazy on that gut til the plane.

36 Balu October 8, 2011 at 11:54 pm


37 Padmaja November 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

Very, very good…

38 Shasha January 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

Oh really nice!!! I am so thankful to the poet who write this. I want to meet him :)

39 Shan February 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Lol, what a funny story.

40 Corina February 14, 2012 at 1:55 am

I really loved this poem <3

41 Zainab Fatema February 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I love it! It’s the best story I have ever read!!! Literally!

42 Eds March 9, 2012 at 3:52 am

Yah! so inspiring, you’ll learn something out of it!

43 Ghanishtha April 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

It’s the most irritating truth of our lives.

44 Nana Kwame Frankies April 19, 2012 at 8:36 am

Touching story, patience conquers everything and beside that sharing is caring.

45 Rence May 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Great work… it can really inspire others! :)

46 Rochan Grg May 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm

That’s right! Examine ourselves before judging others.

47 Ankit May 28, 2012 at 4:41 am

It was funny, and heart touching when thought seriously…. I am reading this piece of creation with my sister…we both enjoyed it…it is fabulous..

48 Nidhi May 28, 2012 at 4:44 am

I like this because something of this kind happened to me sometime in the past…

49 Dece June 27, 2012 at 12:43 am

Interesting, all of us should learn from this….

50 DD July 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

So funny… 😀

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