My mom Frieda is guest posting for me today. I remember her telling this story often. I’m glad she is sharing it with you!
I was suddenly overcome with thirst for a Coke, but I didn’t have change for the Coke machine. When I mentioned my dilemma to the secretaries in the English Department office of the university where I worked, the secretaries and work study students donated nickels and dimes so that I had the correct change.
On my way downstairs to the machine with my fistful of coins, I stopped by the restroom. In the stall, a nickel dropped. As I reached for it, I was shocked to see a hand from the adjacent stall reach under the partition and try to snatch my nickel, but I managed to get it first.
I continued down to the Coke machine, shaking my head at the unmitigated gall of that person who had tried to steal my nickel. I put my coins into the slot of the machine . . . and had a nickel left over!
When I got back to the office, I found a secretary from another department visiting during the lunch break with our secretaries. As I walked in, I heard her saying, “Can you believe, I dropped a nickel and some idiot from the next stall grabbed it? The nerve!”
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