We have several things advertised for sale on Facebook right now, all at bargain-basement prices. One item had been up for only ten minutes when my wife got a call. Half-an-hour and 10 miles later, the guy was here in his new truck. Unfortunately, he was a despisable old cuss from the word go. His wife stayed strangely silent (as did I for that matter, since it was my wife’s item). Finally, he told my wife, “Well I’ll give you X (about ¾ what she was asking) and not a penny more.” My wife turned red as a beet, but replied calmly, “Well, it’s a shame that you drove all this way for nothing, but thank you.” Then she turned and walked away. I followed her. I thought I heard him growling to his wife as they walked back to their truck.
“I probably would have sold it to him for that if he hadn’t been such a hateful old goat,” my wife told me later. I suspect his wife knew that, but experience has taught her silence, no doubt. © 2014