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    Beating Around The Bush

    | Denver, CO, USA |

    (I’m working the box office and a woman storms up to the counter, holding a copy of a popular satire newspaper.)

    Customer: “Have you seen this?”

    Me: “Yeah, I read it all the time.”

    Customer: “How can they get away with this?”

    (She pushes the newspaper against the glass, and I can see a humorous picture of the President.)

    Me: “I think that’s photoshopped.”

    Customer: “No, it’s real! This is un-American! To degrade the office of the president by publishing this photo, it’s treasonous!”

    Me: “You know it’s a joke, right?”

    Customer: “What?”

    Me: “It’s a parody newspaper. Nothing in it is actual news.”

    Customer: “No, no, no, it was on the news stand. I paid for this, and they’re defaming the president!”

    Me: “It’s also free.”

    Customer: *pauses*

    Me: “Would you like a ticket?”

    Customer: “One for Sicko…”