You know the scene.* A slightly upmarket café, metropolitan types sip pricey coffee while in earnest discussion over their laptops. One of them is me. Then along comes an interruption. Here’s what followed:
Lady: Can you spare some change, please? [Instead of fumbling for small change, I surprised myself by asking a question.]
Me: Would you like me to buy you something to eat?
Lady: Yes, please.
Me: What would you like? [I gesture at the array of fine pastries.]
Lady: Can I have an Egg McMuffin? [She points at the McDonald’s next door.]
Me: Of course you can. [And at this point, I am actually walking away from the new-business meeting I was having. Yes, I leave the meeting to go to McDonald’s.]
Me: An Egg McMuffin, are you sure that’s what you want?
Lady: Can I have two?
Lady: …and a sausage roll?
Me: Why don’t I just give you this? [I give her a five-dollar bill.]
Lady: Thanks mister, you’re a diamond.
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