The car crashes unexpectedly and the three arrive at the gates of heaven. St. Peter tells them that there’s been a mistake — the car wasn’t supposed to crash, they weren’t supposed to die. All they need to do is pay $100 and they will be whisked back to their journey, as though nothing happened.
The American immediately pulls out his wallet and slaps five $20 bills into St. Peter’s hands. Back in the car, eager to resume the journey, he waits for his fellow travellers. Finally, after about half an hour, the Italian arrives.
“What took you so long?” the American asks.
“Oh, I had to bargain him down,” the Italian says. “I got back here for $60.”
“And what about our Canadian friend?” the American asks. “He’s going to be a while,” the Italian answers. “He’s waiting for his government to pay.”