Joke 694

15 Feb

A wise old gentleman retired and purchased a modest home near a junior high school. 

He spent the first few weeks of his retirement in peace and contentment. Then a new school year began. The very next afternoon three young boys, full of youthful, after-school enthusiasm, came down his street, beating merrily on every trashcan they encountered. The crashing percussion continued day after day, until finally the wise old man decided it was time to take some action.

The next afternoon, he walked out to meet the young percussionists as they banged their way down the street. Stopping them, he said, “You kids are a lot of fun. I like to see you express your exuberance like that. In fact, I used to do the same thing when I was your age. Will you do me a favor? I’ll give you each a dollar if you’ll promise to come around every day and do your thing.” The kids were elated and continued to do a bang-up job on the trashcans.

After a few days, the old-timer greeted the kids again, but this time he had a sad smile on his face. 

“This recession’s really putting a big dent in my income,” he told them. “From now on, I’ll only be able to pay you 50 cents to beat on the cans.”

The noisemakers were obviously displeased, but they did accept his offer and continued their afternoon ruckus. A few days later, the wily retiree approached them again as they drummed their way down the street.

“Look,” he said, “I haven’t received my Social Security check yet, so I’m not going to be able to give you more than 25 cents. Will that be okay?” 

“A lousy quarter?” the drum leader exclaimed. “If you think we’re going to waste our time, beating these cans around for a quarter, you’re nuts! No way, mister. We quit!” 

And the old man enjoyed peace.


12 Responses to “Joke 694”

  1. timethief February 15, 2013 at 04:06 #

    They are great! Thanks for posting Bins.


  2. benzeknees February 15, 2013 at 04:12 #



  3. terry1954 February 15, 2013 at 04:21 #

    what a smart man!!!!


  4. vivinfrance February 15, 2013 at 07:18 #

    Those boys all grew up to be bankers. And rich.

    Good story.


  5. bevchen February 15, 2013 at 08:55 #



  6. viveka February 15, 2013 at 14:54 #

    Lot of moral sense in this one – like it a lot … and the bin video – brilliant. I saw STOMP in London – brilliant show .. also with bins, brushes … and who knows what. I wish you and hubby a great weekend.


  7. lanceleuven February 15, 2013 at 15:02 #

    Absolute genius! Love it.


  8. robincoyle February 15, 2013 at 16:39 #

    Exactly what is wrong with today’s youth mentality.


  9. slpmartin February 15, 2013 at 17:23 #

    I just loved STOMP…I’ve seen it two or three times…each additional time I of course had to take someone’s child as an excuse to go see it again…loved the joke.


  10. bluebee February 16, 2013 at 06:24 #

    With age comes wisdom


  11. Grannymar February 16, 2013 at 13:43 #

    Nothing wrong with the grey cells of that retired guy, wish he lived next door.


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