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58. I Need Water for My Clients
Cynthia and George went shopping together at Wal-Mart. “
need a water dispenser for my office,” Cynthia
“What do you mean by water dispenser?”
“You know, one of those things that
put the big five-gallon jug upside down into.
you can pour yourself cold water using the
handle, or hot water using the red handle,”
George tried to tell her that she
too few clients coming to her office to
such a dispenser. He told her to buy
case of bottled water. She could keep the
cold in the office refrigerator. Plus, she had
stove and a coffeemaker in her office, so
could use either of them to produce hot
for her clients or herself.
“A contract with
water company is going to cost you at
$30 a month,” he argued. “And maybe you
’t even be consuming that much water a month.
don’t you wait a few months and see
many clients you get and then decide if
water dispenser is absolutely necessary? If it is,
it then. There’s no rush to buy it
In addition, he argued, the trunk of her
was too small for the dispenser to fit
. Nor would it fit into her back seat.
, “end of argument,” he concluded. They left Wal-Mart.
dropped George off at his place, and then
back to Wal-Mart. The dispenser was in a
that was almost the size of Cynthia, but
carted it out to the parking lot and
, somehow, to get it into her trunk.
, when George called, he asked, “You didn’t go
to Wal-Mart and buy that thing, did you?”
course not!” she told him.