When I say I'm Broke, I'm Broke!

Or how to get a free $1,600 vacuum clearner.


A little old lady answered a knock on the door of her home, only to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying an obvious very good but very expensive vacuum cleaner.

”Good morning,” said the young man. “If I could take a couple of minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high powered vacuum cleaners.”

“Go away,” crabbed the old lady. “I haven't got any money. I'm broke, and I've had a bad day.”

As she then started to close the front door on her unwelcomed visiter, quick as a flash the well-dressed young man wedged his foot into the bottom of the door and then gently pushed it open again.

“Don't be too hasty,” he said, “Not until you have at least seen my demonstration. I'll going to help you have a much cleaner home and increase the life of your carpets at the same time, and it won't cost you a dime to watch.”

With that and without her permission, he walked into the house and promptly dumped a bucket of dry horse manure onto her clean hallway carpet.

“If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, madam, I will personally eat the remainder,” he proudly said to the old lady.

The old lady stepped back, sneared at the smiling salesman and shouted in his face, "Look buster, first, I need to tell you I will never have to clean horse shit off my carpet. But right now that is the least of your worries.

Waving her finger into his face, she continued, "The power company just cut off my electricity this morning. What part of broke didn't you understand, hotshot?"

She left the room for a moment and came back, handing the speechless salesmen an object.

"Here's a fork", she said smiling, gears obviously turning in her head. "I want to watch you eat all this crap off my rug. Of course, I can clean it up myself. But in exchange, buster, you will leave this new vacuum clearner here for me at no cost. That way I don't have to call the cops.”

As the salesman walked out the door, leaving the brand new vacuum clearner behind, the old woman said, "Don't be so sad. Look how much you learned today from a little old lady. And you were right all along. It didn't cost me a dime.


Thanks to Bill of New York State


"Freedom is Knowledge"