The administrative and police forces of a certain town were understaffed. Hence, the town experienced a lot of criminality, taxes were not paid, and honest businesses and individuals suffered.
To solve this, the mayor and police chief met together, appealed to parliament, which then decided as follows:
"Since no thief could be verified with certainty that he or she was a thief, everyone would go to JAIL for a day or a week, depending on his or her personal wealth. In addition, the state would get a portion of every businessman's production IN ADVANCE, because the businessman might have time to hide it, otherwise. The police and administrative staff were excluded, since they were honest, and the state knew their condition anyway."
So it was decided, and people agreed since this was the law.
At some point, though, one person, a young lawyer, spoke to the people:
"What are you doing? Why are you so indifferent to such an absurdity and thievery of your own wealth? This is not right, not ri