Wednesday, April 2, 2008

If Someone Offers You A Leather Jacket . . .

So a couple of days ago Billy stopped to wash the car on the way home from work. It was still dirty from the weird mud rain we had the other week. His route home takes him down a street that is on the edge of a not-so-great neighborhood. As he was washing the car he was approached by three gentlemen who offered him a leather jacket for purchase. Billy told them he had no cash (he was driving the old Geo Prizm with packing tape holding the headlights on so who wouldn't believe him?). They kept pressing him to take it, and he eventually agreed because he knew that refusing would lead to even bigger trouble. Well, last night he took it out of the trunk, checked the pockets, and found $120. Now we are trying to figure out what to do with it. Obviously we are not going to keep the jacket because we think it was stolen (plus it's a hideous Looney Toons jacket. Seriously, who wears those?).

Billy told this story to colleagues at school and to his 4th grade students. What kind of advice did he get? The adults said to keep the money. The kids said to give it away.