Taxi in India
On a business trip to India, a colleague of mine arrived at
the airport in Delhi. He took a taxi to his hotel, where he
was greeted by his hospitable Indian host.
The cab driver requested the equivalent of eight dollars U.S.
for the fare, which seemed reasonable, so my friend handed
him the money. But the host grabbed the bills and initiated
a verbal assault upon the cabby, calling him a worthless
parasite and a disgrace to their country for trying to over-
charge visitors. The host threw half the amount at the driver
and told him never to return. As the taxi sped off, the host
gave the remaining bills to my colleague and asked him how
his trip had been.
“Fine,” the businessman replied, “until you chased the cab
away with my luggage in the trunk.”
An embarrassing case of hiccups
embarrassing case of hiccups. When he reached the teller’s
window, the hiccups seemed to have gotten worse. The teller
took my friend’s check and proceeded to run a computer
verification of his account. After a minute she looked up
from her terminal with a frown and said that she would be
unable to cash his check.
“Why not?” my friend asked incredulously.
“I’m sorry, sir,” she replied, “but our computer indicates
that you do not have sufficient funds to cover this amount.
As a matter of fact,” she continued, “our records show your
account overdrawn in excess of $5000.”
“It can’t be!” he cried. “You have to be kidding!”
“Yes, I am,” she answered with a smile, counting out his
cash. “But you will notice that your hiccups are gone.”
[And this is how you get yourself punched in the face.]