100 Word Story – The Coupon Incident (Part Five)

For once, I would just like to have a normal graveyard shift go by without any kind of incident. Between then alcoholics trying to buy even more beer when they come in or the homeless guys from down the block trying to steal some food before going into hiding for the night, I would like to have just one uneventful shift.

I really wouldn’t mind sitting behind the counter most of the shift waiting for a customer to come in and calmly buy a pack of smokes or a cheap lotto ticket. I mean, why the hell do the morning and mid-shifts get all of the polite people while I get all of the weirdos?

And why the hell am I always on my own during this? Thank god there’s a security camera to catch this all going down.


The old lady raised her hands and groaned with relief, “Finally, I don’t have to pay full price. What’s the coupon for?”

I examined it to read every detail, “You can redeem it to get one free large fountain drink from the machine in the snack isle.”

Without hesitation, the old lady dashed right into the snack isle and prepared her drink while I continued reading the coupon. When I looked at the small print, I couldn’t help but chuckle. Proud of her free drink, the old lady came back.

I handed the coupon back to her, “This is expired.”


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