GUEST - "Hey Harv! I own a small general store on the south side of Chicago . . . . Earlier this week I was at the cash register checking out customers and ran into a situation that I hope you can help me with.
"There were 2 customers lined up at the checkout each purchasing the same item. The first customer gave me a ten dollar bill and I gave back the correct change."
"The second customer, purchasing the same item, gave me a One hundred dollar bill and said "I want a discount!". I said "I'm sorry but we only give discounts for volume purchases and you have only 1 item". He said "this is! . . . a volume purchase . . . I'm giving you more dollars." I said "Oh I can see where this might be confusing to you but it doesn't work that way. You see, you must purchase more ITEMS to qualify for a discounted price". . . . Well . . . let's just say he didn't get it. He just said "OK I'll let it pass this time but the next time I come in I want the discount" Then he left the store."
"Let me just say . . . this guy is a REALLY BIG BLACK DUDE, well over 6 feet tall. I don't want to get into any kind of confrontation with him and the police are not really quick to respond in my area. Now. . I know you are pretty good with words . . and . . I was hoping you might give me a script to quickly explain what a "VOLUME DISCOUNT" is."
Harv - "Is his name Leroy?
GUEST - "Why . . . Yes!!"
Harv - "JUST GIVE HIM THE DISCOUNT!!!"
"I've been going with my boyfriend for 3 years and love him dearly. He's not perfect though. For example; The landlord called yesterday and told me the rent was 3 months overdue and he was getting impatient. His work called 3 times last week wondering where he was. . . Let's just say I'm getting a tiny bit concerned.
I've been totally faithful in our relationship and want to spend the rest of my life with him. I am now 6 months pregnant and would like to get married." "He, on the other hand, has not been faithful! He has been so terribly unfaithful to me over the years that . . . I'm not even sure that the baby I'm carrying . . . is his!!!
Try as I may, I have been unable to convince him to quit his philandering! Yesterday he came home with acase of beer and told me that next week he plans to have a young girl move in with us for a while! He told me to clean things up really nice because he wants to make a good impression on her. Then he said I would be sleeping in the guest room for a while . . . ALONE!"
"What do you think I should do???"
Harv - "Well lets see . . . I am not really in the relationship business . . but . .
EVERYTHING LOOKS GOOD TO ME!!
Quit worrying and Hang in there . . . He'll probably change!"
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