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    Decent Society Hangs On A Knife’s Edge

    | Gas City, IN, USA | Awesome Workers, Top

    (I’m currently attending college in a very small town. I receive an assignment requiring me to carve a pumpkin. Finding proper tools turn out to be a challenge. I end up biking several miles over hilly country roads to a small hardware store in the next town over, so I arrive disheveled and over-heated. The place is empty save for a guy who seems to be the owner and an employee. Judging by the dust, they haven’t restocked anything since the 90s.)

    Employee: “Hi, can I help you find something?”

    Me: “Yes, I’m looking for something I could use to carve a pumpkin.”

    Employee: “Well, I’m afraid we don’t carry much household stuff. Have you looked in [other hardware store, some miles away]?”

    Me: “Actually, I biked here, so I haven’t gone anywhere else yet.”

    Employee: “Okay, well, we could try over here.”

    (Together, we scour the shelves of odd miscellaneous items, their formerly bright packaging faded with age.)

    Me: “Oh, well… I guess I’ll look over at your other tools there. Thanks for the help!”

    (I move off and begin looking at the main hardware section, without success. The owner comes up behind me. He’s tall, bearded, and somewhat imposing. He holds a somewhat rusty, large, serrated knife.)

    Owner: “Hey, how about you take this? It’s a drywall knife, and it should work well. I’ve got three of ‘em, so I won’t miss this one!”

    (Beaming, I accept his kind offer and bike home triumphantly. Kind people like that make the world a much more tolerable place!)