By Mike Redmond
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Dec 04, 2012, 04:00 PM EST
My favorite is the story you get in parking lots about having run out of gas and needing money to attend a funeral in Anderson. And it's always Anderson. You'd think someone would shake it up by having a dead relative in Kokomo or Logansport, but nope. All the dead relatives are in Anderson, waiting to be sent off into the next life as soon as their nieces and nephews get a tank full of gas.
I once heard this one three times in one day by three different people in three different parking lots. And I also heard it twice in one day, in parking lots several miles from one another, from the same person.
In retrospect, I should have given them all a little money. You usually have to pay quite a bit for this much entertainment.
Which gets me to my recent encounter. I was leaving the grocery when a guy approached. I expected a story, or at least the old "Can you spare some change?" come-on. Instead, I got: "Hey, man, you wouldn't have a 20-dollar bill, would you?"
I have to admit I was stunned for a moment. I'm used to being asked for a quarter, and here was this panhandler wanting 20 bucks. I'll give the guy this: He had brass.
But so do I.
So when he asked if I had a 20-dollar bill, I smiled and said: "I sure do."
Then I got in my truck and drove away.
Poor guy. He should have asked for hamburger.
© 2012 Mike Redmond. All Rights Reserved.
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