Happy Birthday

November 11, 2015

The man in the brown shirt walked into the electronics mega-store and looked befuddled as soon as he entered. So many floors and so many sections. Finally, a kind-looking sales guy approached him, and directed him to the mobile phones section. 

“What features are you looking for?”

“Can you please show me a good phone for Rs 5000? It’s my wife’s birthday tomorrow and finally I can buy her something nice.”

“Sure, here are the options.”

After about half an hour, the man in the brown shirt walked out with a shiny new phone in an unopened box. 


A security guard quickly stepped out and firmly caught hold of his arm. 

“Sorry sir, but we need to check your bag and frisk you.”

“What do you mean?”

“Our alarm beeped. This means you’ve taken something that you haven’t paid for.”

“But I only bought this phone. And paid for it. And there’s nothing else in this bag. Please let me go.”

When they pulled out a pen drive from his back trouser pocket, he was as befuddled as he was when he entered the store. 

“We have to call the police.”


A couple of hours later, once the shutters were down, the security guard lit a cigarette and shared it with the sales guy. 

“It’s been a while since I got a bonus of any sort, and I’ve been having money trouble at home. Thanks for doing this.”

“This was so easy. And you’ve given me a sizeable cut. Tell me when you need a bonus again,” he said with a wink. 

“What do you plan to do with it?”

“Buy a phone for my wife. It’s her birthday tomorrow.”


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