"The Damage Stays"
Chabakuk Elisha commenting on The Variable - Does It Make A Difference?
Story: My father is friendly with an honest, hard working, Jewish publisher. It so happens that his business was once broken into and things were stolen & damaged.
When the insurance adjuster came to access the damage, he said that unfortunately very little of the loss would be recovered - however, he said, if you break some walls and make it look bad, I can take some photos and you'll be more likely to recoup the entire loss. He also said that it wouldn't really be the wrong thing to do, since he was legitimately out the money, and this was the only way to get what he should rightfully have coming.
The publisher said that he wasn't comfortable with the idea, so the adjuster said, "OK - Call me tomorrow and tell me what you decide."
The publisher couldn't sleep all night. First thing the next morning he called the adjuster and said, "Forget it. Just make the claim the way it is and whatever I get, I get."
"But I'm telling you - you won't get your money back this way!" The adjuster argued.
'It doesn't matter," said the publisher, "money comes and goes, and it's all from G-d anyway; but when a Jew does something shady, the damage stays."
"Wow", the adjuster replied, "You know, you're the first guy that ever said no to this proposal. I respect that greatly."