There’s no need to lock your doors on the southern shore of Lake Erie in the tiny town of Lakeside, Ohio. Unlike almost every other place in America, people still actually trust one another. In most of the town’s stores money is exchanged on the honor system. Bikes are rented without the need for any credit cards or drivers’ licenses.
“If you expect the best of people, that’s what you are going to receive,” says the owner of the bike shop.
Even in the candy shop, a handwritten note encourages children to make their own change from a jar of cash.
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