A tea stand and an honor system were used to rank states by honesty, according to The National Honesty Index.
Honest Tea, a vendor of the leaf-based brew, said it set up unmanned kiosks in all 50 states, and gave shoppers a choice - leave $1 in a box as payment for the drink or just walk away. People stood nearby and recorded the actions of the shoppers and ranked each state based on the percentage of people who paid for the drink.
The most honest states were Alabama and Hawaii, where 100 percent of shoppers paid for their tea, according to the company. In the District of Columbia, ranked the least honest state, 80 percent of people paid for the beverage.
Nevada was ranked the fifth most-honest state with a rating of 98 percent, according to the results.
Honest Tea said their results showed that women are more honest than men with a rating of 95 and 91 percent, respectively.
The country received an average 92 percent honesty ranking, according to the company.
Louisiana, Arizona and Mississippi were not ranked since the sample size was not large enough, according to Honest Tea.
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