The Wailing Ghost

| Oxford, England, UK | Working | December 23, 2013

(It’s two weeks to Christmas, and our tea company has implemented a country-wide ‘Advent calendar’ to motivate our staff and get us feeling festive. Each day we get a sales challenge and a quiz question to answer. The first store to answer correctly is the winner. Two of my colleagues and I are between transactions at the till.)

Colleague #1: “Who are the four ghosts in A Christmas Carol?”

Me: “Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Future, and Jacob Marley.”

Colleague #1: “Jacob Marley? Who’s that?”

Me: “He’s Ebeneezer Scrooge’s old business partner.”

Colleague #2: *who hasn’t really been listening* “What are you talking about?”

Me: “It’s the Advent question of the day. Who are the four ghosts in A Christmas Carol? Past, Present, Future, and—”

Colleague #2: “Oh, yeah, and Bob Marley!”

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