When the landlord heard this he was struck by a great sense of shame. His face flushed and he looked at Rav Eliezer-Lippa and said, “You are right. I have certainly not behaved properly and your words have convinced me to change my ways. From now on I will not do this thing anymore and as proof of my sincerity I will do this.
“The money that you gave me for the release of the prisoner I will count toward the price of the merchandise. And let us hope that we can do business in the future also and that you will have satisfaction from me.”
This was how a great rav was willing to sacrifice money for principle, and it proves that the average person will respect him all the more for it.