Arnold and his
wife were cleaning out the attic one day when he came across a ticket from the
local shoe repair shop. The date stamped on the ticket showed it was over eleven
years old. They both laughed and tried to remember which of them might have
forgotten to pick up a pair of shoes over a decade ago.

“Do you think
the shoes will still be in the shop?” Arnold asked.

“Not very
likely,” his wife said.

“It’s worth
a try,” Arnold said, pocketing the ticket. He went downstairs, hopped into
the car, and drove to the store.

With a straight
face, he handed the ticket to the man behind the counter. With a face just as
straight, the man said, “Just a minute. I’ll have to look for these.”
He disappeared into a dark corner at the back of the shop.

Two minutes later,
the man called out, “Here they are!”

“No kidding?”
Arnold called back. “That’s terrific! Who would have thought they’d still
be here after all this time.”

The man came back
to the counter, empty-handed. “They’ll be ready Thursday,” he said
calmly.


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