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Automated Teller Machine


A few days ago I was at the automated teller machine.

A man was standing about 5 feet behind me waiting to use the machine.

While I was getting my money, I thought about a one-liner I could use to get a laugh from the guy behind me.

When I was done, I turned around and said–“Hey man, this machine just gives you money!”

My timing in delivering the line was not perfect—But it was okay enough. 

He looked at me in surprise for a moment, and then, to his credit, seemed to get that I was joking around.

He said, with a laugh that suggested only a bit of fear about this strange person talking to him –“Yeah, right.”

I thought the exchange went basically well. 

April 3, 2008 - Posted by | Houston, Uncategorized | ,


  1. “Your turn at the Bernanke machine”

    Comment by D White | April 3, 2008

  2. I guess our tax refund checks are a kind of automated teller from Washington.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 3, 2008

  3. he might have punched you, i think you got lucky.

    Comment by bill brady | April 6, 2008

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