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    | Greenville, SC, USA | Family & Kids, Pets & Animals

    (Some friends and I volunteer for a local charity event at the zoo. We are in superhero costumes since the zoo is filled with daycare-age children that want to see their favorite superheroes. I am costumed as Spider-Man.)

    Mother: “Excuse me, Spider-Man? My son is a huge fan of yours!”

    (The mother points to a child covered in Spider-Man merchandise, from his hat to his shoes.)

    Me: “Well, hey. Always great to meet a fan! Does he want a picture?”

    Mother: “Well, actually, I was wondering if you could do me a favor.”

    Me: “Well, sure. What do you need?”

    Mother: “Well, my son really wants to go into the insect and arachnid enclosure, but I’m terrified of spiders. Would you be able to take him in there? He would trust you.”

    Me: “Ma’am, did you just ask me, a guy you don’t know, to take your child into a dark, enclosed room? You don’t even know what I look like under this mask.”

    (The mother gave me a deer-in-the-headlights look and then walked away. Surprisingly, she came back 10 minutes later and had her son get a picture with me!)