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That Hit You For Six

, , | Right | February 17, 2019

(I’m what’s known as a “party host” at a trampoline park, so when birthday parties come in, my job is to spend time with them on the trampolines playing games, and then help serve the party food after they’ve finished their jumping session. This includes getting the birthday cake and candles ready. One party is for a six-year-old boy, but when I open the cake box I see that there’s a candle in the shape of the number nine. I go out to speak to the mother to clarify that he’s definitely six, and show her the candle.)

Party Mum: “Yes, he is six, but the shop didn’t have any ‘six’ candles, so I thought you could just put the ‘nine’ on upside down.”

Me: “Okay… I’m afraid I won’t be able to do that, but we’ve got a box full of spare candles in the back, so I’ll see if I can find either a number ‘six’ or a set of six matching candles.”

Party Mum: “Why can’t you just use this one? Just turn it upside down, it’ll be fine.”

Me: “Um… I can’t set fire to it that way.”

(She realised what I meant and felt very embarrassed, but we laughed it off, and luckily in the spare candle box I found a number ‘six’ that was the identical design to the one that she’d brought.)

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