twenty dollar's surprise

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that was a sunny day. I was on my way to the mattress city. it was not far from where I lived, so I was taking my time appreciating the scenery while walking. the spring's aroma was floating in the air, and I could also discern the coffee's smell from one tidy house. it was really an agreeable day!

while I was entering the store, an affable salesman greeted me and led me to see all the mattresses. it took me only a while to choose one mattress. at the counter, I asked about the delivery and the man told me the delivery was 25$. I told him I lived very near and it would take only 10 minutes' drive. "but we deliver from the depot of missisauga so wherever you live, we ask for the same money", he explained to me. then I had no choice, I confirmed the time of the delivery with him. after checking out, I left.

back home, I picked up one newspaper and began my reading. suddenly the phone rang I lifted it and that was the man in the mattress city. he asked me whether I would be home one hour later, since he would pass nearby and if I would be home that time, he would deliver mattress for me. 'that is ok', I answered. then one hour later I opened the door for the man and welcomed my new mantress.

I was preparing to say good bye to that man, but to my surprise, he took out a 20$ bill from his pocket and handed it to me. he explained, 'I deliver this mattress from the store so I won't charge you 20$ of the delivery fee, but 5$ is required for....' I must be very silly at that time, I held that bill and only knew to say 'thank you' to him. I showed him the way out, then I was wondering: would I know did he deliver from the store or missisauga if he kept silent? even he told me where he delivered but he could still keep the 20$ bill himself for he indeed delivered the mattess to my door. but the fact is he told me all and gave me back 20$.

any way that was really a pleasing day and that was really an honest man! to me, there was also a 20$'s surprise!
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2001-7-7 -04:00
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