A story I paid a homeless guy $5 for, enjoy

I was sitting on a bench outside a hotel in Indiana 12 years ago and a homeless guy sat by me and posed me a bet.” If I can tell you a story that makes you think, will you spare me a couple of bucks?” Of course I took his challenge and this is my memory of that story. (I gave him $5, as it was a good story)

A fellow who went to a small town in Indiana with the thought of possibly moving his family there.

“What kind of people live around here?” he asked the attendant at the local filling station.”Well,” the attendant replied as he checked the oil, “what kind of people live back where you’re from?”The visitor took a swallow of his cherry soda and replied, “They’re horrible, mean, and dishonest!”The attendant looked up and answered, “Mister, you’ll find them about like that around here, too.”

A few weeks later, another gentleman stopped by the gas station on a muggy July afternoon with the same question.

“Excuse me,” he said as he mopped off his brow. “I’m thinking of moving to your town with my family. What kind of people live around these parts?”Again the attendant asked, “Well, what kind of people live back where you’re from?”The stranger thought for a moment and replied, “I find them to be kind, decent, and honest folks.”The gas station attendant looked up and said, “Mister, you’ll find them about like that around here, too.”

It’s so true that in life. You often find what you’re looking for.

Published by NCS

reader of great literature, teller of tales, photographer of mostly awful snaps but on occasion I am half decent.

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