Can honor systems work?

I went to a high school that revolved around an “honor code” for cheating.  You were expected to avoid cheating and turn in classmates (and friends) who did to a jury of your peers.  I was on said jury, too.

I’ve always bought fares even when I was sure I wouldn’t be checked, even when it was commuter rail and multiple dollars each way.  In New York, at a time when they’re really strapped for cash, I think you have to question the honor system.

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