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Some years ago a robust-looking gent, dressed in impressive apparel and well-groomed, presented himself at the door of the largest hotel in the city. The commissionaire dutifully opened the door for him and provided directions to the restaurant.

The gentlemen enjoyed a fine meal, together with the best refreshment. When he was finished he summoned the headwaiter.

"Sir," he began with utmost dignity, "Do you recall how a year ago, I ate just such a repast here and then, because I couldn't pay for it, you had me thrown into the gutter like a common bum?"

"I'm very sorry sir." began the contrite headwaiter.

"Oh, it's quite all right," replied the guest, "but I'm afraid I'll have to trouble you again ..."