Dit-waddle Dealings

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A little short little story about being honest in dealing with others and how it might have been handled, Back In The DAY.

Submitted: March 27, 2017

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Submitted: March 27, 2017



On a bright sunny day a Dit-waddle named Set was going to sell some wheat at the farmer’s action. The market action was just seven miles from his farm if he took the dirt road that passed his house. But if he took the paved road, that he normally takes, then it is 12 miles to market and there is a 50 cent toll at the new Stony-gulch Bridge, built by the Baxter family.

The Dit-waddle loaded his truck with two rolls of wheat and started down the road.

As Set drew near his neighbors farmhouse he came to a toll-gate with a sign that said, "Unloaded trucks = $1 --- Loaded trucks = $2. Setting next to the Gate was the Dit-waddle's neighbor relaxing under an umbrella in an aluminum folding chair.

Set called out, "Hay Norman, why are you collecting tolls on this road?"

Norman replied, "Because the road is on my property and I can do what I want on my property. The Baxter family is collecting tolls on their new bridge so why shouldn't I collect tolls on my newly refinished road. So turn the truck around, or pay the two dollars, it is your choice."

Set fancied himself as a good barterer and he saw an opportunity to make a deal, so he said, "I do not carry that large amount of money on my person, however, I am going to the action to sell this wheat and will have lots of money when I return home. So, if you will put the two dollar fee aside until I return to your toll gate, then I will pay you double, four dollars for the loaded truck. How does that sound?"

Norman stood up and walked over to the truck, then he spit on his right hand and shook hands with Set.

"You got yourself a deal, neighbor," Norman replied, and opened the gate.

Set got to the action before many others, so his wheat fetched a good price and Set was able to start home early.

Now, at this time it would be good of me to explain that Dit-waddles are not the most honest, or fare dealing. And so with that said you would not be surprised to know that Set did not take the farmer's road home. He drove on the paved road, which took him longer and cost him only 50 cents, but he did not have to pay Norman.

After a couple of days had passed Norman came to Set's house to collect his four dollars.

"Well hello Norman," Set said as he opened the front door.

"I've come for my four dollars," Norman replied, "and you'd best be paying up."

Set told Norman, "It is true that I owe you four dollars but payment is not due until I come back to your toll gate, that was the deal."

"What in Sam-hill are you talking about? You said that if I let you pass then you would pay me double!"

"Yes, I would pay you double when I returned to your toll gate. But Norman, I have not returned to your toll gate so I do not have to pay you until I do. That was the agreement and those are the words that you shook hands on. --- Now, go home!" Set said angrily.

Norman scratched his head and left, trucking down his dirt road toward home.

Set was very pleased with himself, even though he would have to take the long way to the action from then on. But hay, he saved four and one half dollars that week.


Twelve years went by and Set never returned to Norman's toll-gate. When he went to the action he always took the paved road, which took longer but only cost him 50 cents at the bridge.

One bright sunny day Set was going to the action to sell boxes of fresh strawberries, so he loaded his truck and the trailer, and headed down the paved road toward the action.

When Set stopped at the bridge to pay the toll, Norman stepped out of the toll booth with a smile on his wrinkled old face.

"Norman, what the Sam-hill are you doing here?" Set questioned.

"I bought the Baxter Farm and your toll to get across this bridge is $24.50, so turn your truck around, or pay up.



D. Thurmond / JEF --- 03-26-2017

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