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The Cookie Thief

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

{ 93 comments… add one }
  • Jaidev Singh Shiledar August 30, 2013, 2:12 pm

    This is one of the best story umm in fact poem I have ever read. In this story we get to know that how a person’s ego makes him or her misjudge people. I really thank the author for writing this story.

  • Niro July 29, 2013, 10:45 pm

    One superb story about misjudgment!!!

  • Aryn June 25, 2013, 8:50 am

    It was so cool that I thought maybe I should presented this story for my story telling competition… 😀

  • Rkumar June 20, 2013, 4:06 am

    Good one

  • Abdullatheef June 11, 2013, 10:41 am

    Thanks for posting this story…This is something which makes you think at least once before you judge some one.

  • Alyssa May 27, 2013, 11:28 pm

    It’s never too late. But I guess if she’ll go back, apologize and give a bunch of cookies to the man, she might miss her flight. So, just ask a stewardess to give the cookies to the man and her apology…… But I guess she’s nerveous and ashamed. 🙁

  • Two Girls May 15, 2013, 12:55 pm

    It was fantastic. Me and my friend are doing this as a play.

  • Ching February 24, 2013, 11:21 am

    Love it!

  • Queen Arfa February 2, 2013, 11:04 am

    Thanks for the moral stories 🙂

  • Samji January 13, 2013, 6:00 am

    Nice Story………

  • Charm ♥ December 26, 2012, 8:54 pm

    lol ☺☺☺

  • Mit Shah November 23, 2012, 3:53 am

    This is the very nice story which teaches us that we shoud share our things and not to be rude to anyone. Everyone is not bad and also teaches us not to be absent minded too!!!

  • Leeyu October 17, 2012, 9:43 pm

    Cool story.. I love it….

  • Dancan Lumumba September 26, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Mmmmh so nice

  • Asma September 24, 2012, 9:42 am

    It’s sooooo nice.

  • Sippy September 18, 2012, 11:19 am

    Good. It is quiet cool, enriching. Thanks.

  • Larrybirrrd September 9, 2012, 8:48 am

    Pretty cool!!! I just shared to my officemates and then suddenly I realized it was a wonderful poem! Great==)))

  • Shereen September 6, 2012, 1:41 am

    Cool one 😀

  • Laila August 28, 2012, 7:49 am

    Thanks so much for the story :3 I’ll be using it in my oral test next week.. thank you!!!

  • Joe August 21, 2012, 3:51 am

    I can use this as my springboard for my next lesson..thanks to the author….

  • Sakshi Jain August 15, 2012, 9:30 pm

    Nice story

  • Eds August 14, 2012, 7:31 pm

    Nice story. It’s a kind of story that wakes you up only to realize the wrongs things you have done.

  • Jay August 9, 2012, 7:02 am

    It’s a really nice story… 🙂

  • Margaret August 8, 2012, 4:54 am

    Very helpful story.

  • Gagan August 1, 2012, 10:08 am

    Awesome story in moral stories which I liked.

  • DD July 30, 2012, 11:12 pm

    So funny… 😀

  • Dece June 27, 2012, 12:43 am

    Interesting, all of us should learn from this….

  • Nidhi May 28, 2012, 4:44 am

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

  • Ankit May 28, 2012, 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..

  • Rochan Grg May 9, 2012, 11:35 pm

    That’s right! Examine ourselves before judging others.

  • Rence May 1, 2012, 4:07 pm

    Great work… it can really inspire others! 🙂

  • Nana Kwame Frankies April 19, 2012, 8:36 am

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

  • Ghanishtha April 12, 2012, 9:57 am

    It’s the most irritating truth of our lives.

  • Eds March 9, 2012, 3:52 am

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

  • Zainab Fatema February 14, 2012, 2:14 pm

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

  • Corina February 14, 2012, 1:55 am

    I really loved this poem <3

  • Shan February 6, 2012, 5:09 pm

    Lol, what a funny story.

  • Shasha January 28, 2012, 9:48 am

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

  • Padmaja November 16, 2011, 9:26 am

    Very, very good…

  • Balu October 8, 2011, 11:54 pm


  • Lorenzo September 14, 2011, 3:40 pm

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

  • Harrison Moore September 14, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Totally awsome

  • Brandon Roberts September 14, 2011, 12:43 pm

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

  • Timbukku September 9, 2011, 6:25 am

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

  • Rajiv.singh September 2, 2011, 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’

  • UMESH September 1, 2011, 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

  • Maine August 26, 2011, 6:55 pm

    Cool :p

  • Jeya August 23, 2011, 12:07 am

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

  • Mimi August 11, 2011, 1:53 pm

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

  • TruColorz August 5, 2011, 6:43 am


  • Nathan Tan July 21, 2011, 1:01 am

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

  • Joyce Padilla July 15, 2011, 6:13 am

    It is nice .. great.

  • isha sudan July 9, 2011, 11:29 pm


  • Pranav Kapoor June 22, 2011, 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!

  • Akhila June 22, 2011, 1:58 am

    Wonderful work. Intelligent writer.

  • JONITA June 18, 2011, 1:53 pm

    Yes, it is really a very good poem.

  • miley May 24, 2011, 11:14 am

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

  • stallone April 11, 2011, 4:11 am

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

  • Seshu March 16, 2011, 4:06 am

    No words really good story.

  • Fayaz February 12, 2011, 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.

  • Tyler H. December 17, 2010, 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

  • Angie Lollar November 15, 2010, 9:53 pm

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

    Kudos to the Author!

  • Yean Thoong August 7, 2010, 7:16 am

    Lesson Learnt! XD

  • Ishika August 6, 2010, 1:01 pm

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

  • Tas July 20, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Really good

  • Dennis Tan July 20, 2010, 7:19 am


  • Jas July 12, 2010, 7:12 pm

    Good story

  • Kanika July 3, 2010, 9:23 am

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

  • Dodong June 18, 2010, 9:44 am

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

  • Sathya February 4, 2010, 10:06 am

    Cool story

  • Arfaoui Abdelhak January 25, 2010, 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.

  • Ndoumah October 21, 2009, 5:56 am

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

  • Clo..x October 16, 2009, 11:56 am

    Wow lol i think this is such a cool story

  • Jay August 4, 2009, 7:10 am

    This is an excellent poem…Wonderfully written and I love it so much… 🙂

  • James Rayburn May 27, 2009, 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.

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