I was an engineer working for a manufacturing company. There was a deadline that production had to meet. My boss asked me to work at the factory to help make the production quotas.
When I arrived at the factory, the tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife. A couple of hours into my shift, I got really bad indigestion.
I went over to the Greek ladies on the assembly line to ask for some Tums. Since English was a second language to them, they were having trouble figuring out what I was talking about. One of them handed me a container of denatured alcohol. I said, “No.” and explained again what I wanted.
When they realized the error, they had a good laugh about it. They had no Tums and I sat back down and continued working.
Fifteen minutes elapsed and they were still laughing about it. A few other people started laughing. Then a few more started laughing and then more and more and more. Finally the entire factory floor was laughing (somewhere between 50 and 100 people). The laughter lasted for at least an hour. People from the mezzanine came down to see what was going on. It was definitely the most surreal day of my life.
©2016 Stephen L. Martin
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