Humor Fiction posted March 13, 2019


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The Jerk

by Thomas Bowling


My wife is a daytime staff manager at a local restaurant. “This is Tammy, the girl I told you about.” 

“That's not her. You said Tammy was cute.” 

The young girl turned red and quickly walked away before I could say it was a joke. She joined some of the other waitresses and told them what I said. They looked at me, shook their heads, and wagged their finger at me. They puckered their lips and made that noise you make when you're trying to shame someone.

My wife was flustered. “Why are you always such a jerk?” 

“It's the only thing I'm good at.” 

“I see these girls every day and always have to explain why you're the way you are. I tell them you were born brain-dead and never got better. Please, don't be so embarrassing where I work.” 

I smiled. "I'm ready to order.” 

“Leave!” 



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