How to think on your feet

quick-thinking produce clerk

A customer tried to buy half a head of lettuce in the local supermarket.

The youthful produce assistant told him the store only sells whole heads of lettuce.

The man persisted and asked to see the manager.

The boy said he’d ask his supervisor about it.

Walking into the back room, the boy said to his manager: “Some idiot wants to buy half a head of lettuce.”

As he finished his sentence, he turned to find the customer standing right behind him, so he added, “And this gentleman has kindly offered to buy the other half.”

The manager approved the deal, and the man left the store satisfied.

Later the supervisor praised his young assistant by saying, “I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of that situation earlier. We like people who think on their feet. Where are you from, son?”

“Canada, sir,” the boy replied.

“Then, why did you leave Canada?” the manager asked.

The youth said, “Sir, nothing but whores and hockey players live up there.”

“Really?” said the manager. “My wife is from Canada.”

“No kidding!” replied the quick-witted employee, “Who’d she play for?”