What would you do if the stranger sitting across from you on the bus suddenly handed you a package and told you to take it? Today, I chose to engage him to figure out what was going on. I got nowhere.
I had been riding the bus for almost a half hour sitting across from this guy. He was missing an eye (not relevant to the story, but perhaps an interesting detail). We had not exchanged a single word the entire trip. Then, he suddenly offered me the bag he was holding. It was a pink, cloth bag with handles, and it had polka dots on it. Not to be sexist, but it was a strange style of bag for an adult man to be carrying.
Of course, I didn’t take the bag, but my interest had been piqued, “What’s inside?”
“It’s a brand new laptop.” He said this as if I had asked a silly or obvious question. I just looked at him blankly.
“What, you don’t believe me?” Mmm…. no…. So, he opened it up and showed me. Truth be told, there was, what appeared to be, a brand new laptop. No power cables, no booklets. Just the laptop and the dingy, pink bag.
So, at that point, what would you think? A man has just offered you a brand new laptop. On the bus. For no reason. I think there’s one thought that has crossed everyone’s mind: “So…. is it yours??”
“Of course it’s mine! She thinks it’s not mine! Ha!” Although he was answering my questions, none of my questions were actually being answered. “So…. why are you trying to get rid of it?”
“Can’t a guy give you a free laptop? Sheesh! People these days just don’t have any faith!” Another blank look from me. “We try to give away one free laptop everyday. It’s unbelievable how hard it is to give away a free laptop!”
I asked the most obvious question, “Who is ‘we’?”
“Dell! I work for Dell! It’s a Dell computer and we try to give one free computer away every day! She doesn’t believe me! Ha!”
At that point, the bus stopped, and I got off. By then, I was laughing, he was laughing, the guy next to me was laughing.
And I still have no idea what was going on. Oh well.
What do you guys think?