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    Ask A Stupid Question, Part 4

    | Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA |

    (Back in high school, I used to work for a tourist shop downtown. In the park, there is a large fountain that sprays water roughly 8 feet high. This lady comes in one day with her children in tow.)

    Customer: “What’s that fountain for in the park?”

    Me: “What?”

    Customer: “That fountain, right next to the locks. What’s that for?”

    Me: “The fountain in the park?”

    Customer: “Yeah. What’s that for? It’s part of the locks, right?”

    Me: “No, it’s just a fountain.”

    Customer: “But what does it DO?”

    Me: “It sprays water up and looks pretty?”

    Customer: “Yeah, but what does it DO? It’s part of the locks right?”

    Me: “Uh… no. It’s just a fountain. It’s there for decoration.”

    Customer: “But what does it DO?”

    Me: *sarcastically* “It… drains the locks.”

    Customer: “OH! That’s so cool! Do you have any souvenirs of the fountain?”

    Me:“… No. It’s a fountain.”

    Customer: “Oh. Well, you should.”

    (She leaves with her kids and several tacky souvenirs. I turn to my coworker.)

    Me: “Did that just happen?”

    Coworker: “We have to remember that one.”

    (And that’s what we told tourists from then on: the fountain drains the locks. That is, until we decided it was more fun to tell them it filters the Great Lakes.)

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