Image: Jun Cen — The New York Times

The owner of a large gold mine hears that one of his workers had been at the local bar the day before, bragging about how he was stealing from him. To make an example of the worker the owner decides to catch him in the act.

The next day the mine owner sets up a surprise check point just as the miner finishes his shift. Security meticulously search through the miner’s clothes, body and wheelbarrow but find no gold. The…