New York State Thruway, Friday night


Tall, thin man in a white t-shirt filled from collar to waist with a quote from Marcus Garvey, something about remembering your history, to a McDonald’s clerk, chubby, nervous, apparently 16 years old and apparently in charge for the evening:

What can I get for 90 cents?

Clerk: I can get you a small drink. I can get you a large drink, really, even.

Customer: Can I get four McNuggets?

Clerk: I can’t do that. That would mess up my drawer. We don’t sell just four McNuggets here anyway.

Customer: You’re sure I can’t get four McNuggets? How about a Snack Wrap?

Clerk: No, because my drawer…maybe I can get the drawer open. What if I just give you the 90 cents back if I can get in the drawer.

Customer: Alright. I see you’re a man of integrity.

Clerk: No problem sir and you have a lovely day!

Customer: You’re sure I can’t get four McNuggets?

Clerk: Look I got the drawer opened. I can just give you back the money I shorted you instead.

Customer: OK. Thank you.

Clerk, to me: Crispy chicken club?

Me: Hi

Clerk: OK sir I am so sorry for the wait and you have a lovely day!

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