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Betting on America by Edward Wakin, James W Cortada

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Chapter 2. FEELING OUR WAY[1]

 

I wonder if I can trust you. But then, uncertainty is part of life's fascination, is it not?

 
 --Dr. Stein in The Revenge of Frankenstein

It is nighttime in a local coffeehouse. The counter man, Dan, is carrying on a casual conversation with one of the regulars. The door opens and in comes a well-dressed man carrying two shopping bags. He asks whether there's a payphone available, and when Dan offers the house phone, the visitor asks him in a soft, slightly accented voice to please call a taxi. After the cab is called, the visitor asks for a cup of coffee. When the taxi arrives just a few minutes later, the stranger pays for the coffee and leaves. Dan mutters something about getting a $2 tip on a $1.50 cup of coffee ...

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