A rich man had a good and obedient son but unfortunately he fell into bad company at school. His father advised him to keep the bad boys at arm’s length but his advice fell flat on the boy. He was spending his time with bad boys and wasted his precious time in idle talks. His father was tired of his evil ways. The rich man was painted to see the bad report about his son sent by the headmaster of the school.
The father thought of a clever plan. He brought some fresh apples from the market. He purchased a rotten apple also. He asked the boy to put the apples into a basket. The father placed the rotten apple among them. Next day the father asked his son to bring the basket of apples. When the boy brought the basket, he found that all the apples had rotten. The boy told his father that the one bad apple had spoiled all the good apples. The father advised the boy that just as a rotten apple can spoil all good apples, similarly a bad boy can ruin the lives of many good boys. The boy learnt a lesson and gave up the company of the bad boys.
MORAL : BETTER ALONE THAN IN A BAD COMPANY