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96. Schoolboys Get Five-Finger Discount on Candy
Travis and Paul were best friends and in
ninth grade. They didn’t like anything about school
the girls and the baseball. They were both
the junior high baseball team. Both wanted to
major league baseball players when they grew up.
Thursday, baseball practice lasted for two hours after
. After practice, Travis and Paul were hungry and
. Between them, they had $2.05. There was a
grocery store three blocks from the school.
we buy for only $2?” asked Travis.
split a soda and a candy bar,” replied
“That’s going to be hard to do, since
like orange soda and you like root beer,”
Travis. “And I hate peanuts in candy bars
you love them,” said Paul.
As they approached
store, they were still thinking about their problem.
solution, of course, was for one of them
pick the soda and the other to pick
candy bar. The problem with that solution would
that one of them would still be thirsty
the other would still be hungry.
,” said Paul. “I’ve got an idea.” They stopped,
Paul told Travis his idea.
Mr. Cobb was
store owner. He had no use for kids.
were little people with little money. His eyes
as he saw the boys approaching the store.
they entered the store, Travis walked over to
big cooler that was filled with ice and
. Paul walked over to the candy bar section.
. Cobb, you don’t have any orange soda,” Travis
“Yes, I do. Just dig a little. You’ll
Travis dug for a minute.
’t find one.”
“Are you blind? I’ll be right
Mr. Cobb started digging through the ice. Paul
put two candy bars into his trousers’ baggy
. He patted the pockets down a little bit.
! Orange soda! What did I tell you?”
, sir,” Travis said.
As Travis was paying for
orange soda and the root beer, Mr. Cobb
“You’re not buying anything?”
just wanted some sodas.”
“Then why were you
at the candy bars?”
“Just to see if
got any new brands, sir.” Mr. Cobb’s narrow
got narrower as they moved slowly from Paul’s
to his shirt, to his pants, and to
“If I ever catch you stealing from
, I’ll chop off your hands, you hear me?”
emphasis, Mr. Cobb reached down beneath the countertop
pulled out a butcher knife, sharp and shiny.
boys were startled. They ran out of the
“Come back here. You forgot your change!” Mr.
yelled at them.