John was a clerk in a small drugstore but he
was not much of a salesman. He could never find the item the customer wanted.
Bob, the owner, had had about enough and warned John that the next sale he missed would be
Just then a man came in coughing and he asked John for their best cough syrup. Try
as he might, John could not find the cough syrup. Remembering Bob's warning, he sold
the man a box of Ex-Lax and told him to take it
all at once. The customer did as John said and then walked outside and leaned
against a lamp post.
Bob had seen the whole thing and came over to ask John what had transpired.
"He wanted something for his cough but I couldn't find the cough syrup. I
substituted Ex-Lax and told him to take it all at once," John explained.
"Ex-Lax won't cure a cough!" Bob shouted angrily.
"Sure it will," John said, pointing at the man leaning on the lamppost.