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Days of Yore

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Summer Camp, 1972.



Our bunk of 11-year-old boys goes on a hike and winds up in town. We pool our limited money and find we have exactly, to the penny, enough to split two pizzas and a pitcher of Coke. (Yes, we were bad Sparkies). We order and the food comes.


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The check comes too, and to our horror we learn that we neglected to consider tax and tip. No ATMs (did not yet exist), no counselors in sight (for reasons forever unknown, they ditched us for that hour), no credit cards (we were 11 years old) and we were easily a few bucks short, depending on how much tip we left.


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There is a men's bathroom down a back hallway, and an exit door out the rear of the restaurant, at the end of that hall. What would you have done, and what did we do?
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  • PHEBESS
    What a nice grandma type lady!
    1897 days ago
  • SPARKFRAN514
    What a kind grandma thinking maybe so day you can pay it forward in her memory emoticon
    1897 days ago
  • BOSS61
    What happened:

    An elderly lady at another table (with her grandkids) kept looking at us, like she was eavesdropping. I got nominated to approach her about borrowing money. Before I could, she wandered over and said, "Boys, I think I understand your problem. Would $5 solve it?" We thanked per profusely, paid and left.

    A week or two later on the way home from camp, I told my parents the story. "Did you get her name or phone number? We should write to her, thank her again, and pay her back." I had two answers. First, that it occurred to none of us to do so. Second, that why should it be my.our responsibility, when the whole bunk was in it together."

    So no bolting on the check, no dishwashing and no challenging conversation with the owner. Just an action of an unknown and certainly-deceased-by-now good Samaritan.
    1898 days ago
  • DALID414
    Run for it guys!
    1898 days ago
  • STRIVERONE
    At 11 y.o., if you split, I bet you worried about going to hell for it.
    1898 days ago
  • KING_SLAYER
    I'm guessing "dine and dash". With the added possibility of leaving all of the money on the table.

    I don't have much faith in the integrity of un-escorted 11 year olds.
    1898 days ago
  • BOSS61
    Answer gets posted 24 hours after blog date/time.

    Some of you (Ellen from Canada) may think too much of me, but remember also, that I was just one of a group of kids making a poor decision as a pure democracy (no one in charge).
    1898 days ago
  • WORLDSERIES11
    I trust that you paid what you had and promised the rest, but stayed to help out as a sore of IOU emoticon
    When will we know the answer? On pins and needles emoticon
    1898 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    You left every cent you had, with your apologies for not having thought about the tax or the tip . . .

    And then you went back and made good on the balance.

    Because you were a good kid, even then.
    1898 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    I'm hopeful? You paid!
    1899 days ago
  • IMLOCOLINDA
    emoticon I hope you paid what you had and offered to do the dishes and left those restaurant workers with smiles and a good story for later that night. It starts something like, "These stupid little Boy Scouts walk into the parlor..."
    1899 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    Paid what you had and offered to do the dishes. emoticon
    1899 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    You pd. the bill I bet.
    1899 days ago
  • SPARKFRAN514
    emoticon and look for coins in onside on side walk
    give half the pizza back explaining you never head of taxes before emoticon
    1899 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/25/2015 11:28:35 AM
  • DSHONEYC
    Of course, being Boy Scouts, you paid your bill (short) and promised to return the next day with tip & tax. To show your good faith and honor you stuck around to help bus the tables and clean up.

    I love those boys...after all it was 1972 and the "I am not a crook" president was in office at least for a while more.
    1899 days ago
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