You’ve probably heard this one before…

by Janie Jones

Because it’s been a while since I regaled you all with a shaggy dog story.  And because I just bought my 3rd vacuum this year.

A little old lady, down on her luck, answered a knock on the door one day to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner.

‘Good morning, Ma’am,’ said the young man. ‘If I could take a couple minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners.’

‘A door to door salesman!  I didn’t know you existed anymore.  Well, don’t waste your time here, Son.  You don’t have anything that could interest me.  I’m broke and haven’t got any money!’ said the lady said brusquely.

‘But if I could just-‘  The young man began.

‘Go away!’ And she proceeded to close the door.

Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open. ‘Now, now.  Don’t be too hasty,’ he commanded. ‘You have to see my free demonstration.’ And with that, he tossed a bucket of manure onto her hallway carpet.

‘What do you think you are doing!’  The lady yelled, horrified.

The young man flashed a charming smile and said, ‘I’m about to prove to you that this vacuum cleaner is worth every penny.  It features 12 different high suction attachments for hard to reach areas and a retractable 30 foot cord for vacuuming convenience.   Designed with a easy to clean cannister, you will never need to by vacuum cleaner bags.  Also, it has a long lasting HEPA filter which will remove allergens and dust from your air.  It has received top Energy Star ratings, so it will actually save you money on your electricity bill.  But that’s not all!  Not only does it have the highest powered suction available on the market, it is guaranteed for life to never loose it’s suction power!  And if it doesn’t remove all of this manure from your carpet, Madam, I will eat whatever it leaves behind.’

The lady frowned and said, ‘I see.  Well let me ask you one question first.’

‘Certainly!’ said the confident young man.

‘Do you prefer a spoon or a fork?’

The young man was taken aback, ‘What do you mean?’

‘I mean,’ the lady said, now smiling, ‘Do you prefer to eat with a spoon or a fork, because they cut off my electricity this morning.’

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