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The Dumbest Kid in the World

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“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise” (1 Corinthians 1:27).

tom sawyer by rockwellThere was this guy, a barber working on a customer, who noticed through the window a boy approaching the Barber Shop. “Hey, see that kid?” he asked the customer. “That’s the dumbest kid in the world! Watch closely what happens when he comes in here.”

The door opened and the kid came walking into the Barber Shop. “Good morning, Mister,” the kid said. “Why, good morning to you,” the Barber answered. “Say, you want to play our game again?”

“I sure do!” the kid excitedly replied.

The Barber whispered to the customer, “Watch this.” Placing a dollar bill in one hand, and two quarters in the other, the Barber said to the kid, “Now, which of these do you want?”

The kid looked at the dollar bill, then looked at the two quarters. After a moment’s pause, he grabbed the quarters, smiled real big and said, “Gee, thanks, Mister!” And then walked out the door.

“What did I tell you,” the Barber said to his customer. “That kid is dumber than a stump! He does that every time he comes in here.”

A short time later the customer, upon leaving the Barber Shop, saw the kid coming out of the Candy Store. “Hey kid,” the customer said, “why didn’t you take the dollar bill?”

The kid looked up with a wry smile and answered, “Mister, the day I take that dollar — the game is all over!”

Turns out the Barber was dumber than the dumbest kid in the world! And the same is true of many others — especially when it comes to grabbing for dollars. But that’s another subject for another time.

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  1. May 1st, 2014 at 22:02 | #1

    Great story!

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