Chap walks in with the customary and highly cheerful “Good Morning, how are you today” that you just KNOW means he is going to try to sell you something.
He comes up to the counter, and pulls out a month old and tatty copy of “Antiques Explorer” magazine. A free mag, that we distribute from the shop. “Would you be interested in buying this ?” he asks.
“But we give it out free to the public”
“Yes but this is a back issue – surely there are some collectors”
after pointing out that a month old is not quite into the antiquarian and collectible scale of things, i dig out another 10 copies that we failed to hand out for free, and ask him if he would like to take these to add to his collection – that way he can make a real killing if he finds anyone stupid enough to buy them!
Sadly he doesn’t want my copies. I guess i will have to recycle them as usual!
first published March 2008.
They do exist.
I have just been on the end of an genuine rant by a genuine conspiracy theorist who genuinely believes that the world is secretly run by the New World Order. I didn’t think they really existed (The conspirasists that is – obviously the New World Order exist).
He also believes that Jews run the NWO, that members of the House of Lords are practicing their marksmanship in Westminster to defend themselves against the revolution. etc etc etc.
Here was here about 20 mins and paused for breath once.
I just smiled sweetly and glazed over!
First published March 2008