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2 states top Honest Tea’s honesty index

Bethesda-based beverage maker Honest Tea wanted to find out how honest Americans are when no one is looking. So it set up 61 unmanned kiosks in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, stocked them with its beverages, and asked people to pay $1 per beverage on the honor system.

The results: overall, 92 percent of Americans are honest, paying for their beverages. Alabama and Hawaii tied as the most honest states, with 100 percent of customers forking over $1 per beverage. Washington, D.C., was the least honest, with only 80 percent following the rules.

And Maryland? Maryland and Connecticut tied with 89 percent honest, landing them seventh from the bottom. To see all the results (including how certain physical attributes, like men vs. women, hair color, hair length, etc., compared), go to www.nationalhonestyindex.com

The survey was taken from July 8 to July 18.

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