One Way Hospitality (Ingratitude)
The caravan workers went downtown to the marketplace and did the best they could trading without local help. They returned to Benares and told their master all that had happened.
Before too long, the country merchant sent another caravan of 500 carts to Benares. Again his workers took gifts to the same merchant. When his workers saw them coming, they said to him, “We know just how to provide suitable lodgings, food and expense money for these people.”
They took them outside the city walls to a good place to camp for the night. They said they would return to Benares and prepare food and get expense money for them.
Instead they rounded up all their fellow workers and returned to the campsite in the middle of the night. They robbed all 500 carts, including the workers’ outer garments. They chased away the bullocks, and removed and carried off the cart wheels.
The villagers were terrified. They ran back home as fast as their legs could carry them.
The city merchant’s workers told him all they had done. He said, ‘Those who forget gratitude and ignore simple hospitality wind up getting what they deserve. Those who do not appreciate the help they have received soon find that no one will help them anymore.”