John was a clerk in a small drugstore, but he was not
much of a salesman. He could never find the item the customer
Bob, the owner, had had about enough and warned John that
the next sale he missed would be his last.
Just then a man came in coughing. He ask John for their
best cough syrup. Try as he might John could not find the cough
Remembering his boss' 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
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 dang cough syrup. So, I substituted Ex-Lax
and told him to take it all at once," John explained.
"Ex-Lax?!! That won't cure a cough!" Bob shouted angrily.
"Sure it will!" John said, pointing at the man leaning on the
lamp post. "Just look at him. He's afraid to cough."