One Hundred and Four

Beside the front entrance a man in a long dark coat watched customers going in and coming out. He threw the remains of a cigarette to the ground and choked out the embers with his shoe. After entering the store he approached the counter. The cashier greeted him as he slowly reached into his pocket.

“This light bulb is broken”, he said.

Moments later he emerged one dollar and forty-three cents richer.