I tell him
and he says: discount?
what for? I ask.
discount! he says.
yeah, I say, but on what grounds?
discount! he says. no discount?
you got a voucher? I ask.
no! he says.
you a student?
you work for NHS?
you in the army?
you a member of staff?
urgh! he says, his face scrunched up,
he was especially offended by that notion.
then no, I say.
no discount? he asks.
no! I say, no discount!
so he grabs a loaf of bread, squeezes it and says: damaged!
waving the loaf at me. damaged discount! and smiles
and I don’t know if he’s talking about him or me
or the bread, but we’re all discounted already.
then he left the shop
which was great
but then another customer came in
which wasn’t so.
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