Sunday, October 23, 2011
At this point, is the best course of action to try and suspiciously tuck the banana deeper into my purse, as if I were stealing it? Or should I slip the banana out of my bag and drop it into the bin with all of Kroger's other unsold bananas?
I can afford to donate a banana to Kroger's. Reverse shoplifting might be the safest plan. On the other hand, if I'm caught pulling the banana out of my bag, it may cast a time-consuming pall of distrust over me, leading to a line of questions and perhaps a search of pockets and purse.
But if I don't lose the banana, and it pops its yellow nose out while I fish for my credit card.......not good either.
What would you do? The lady or the tiger?
If you don't know The Lady or the Tiger, a short story first published in 1882, you can read an updated version of it here or the longer original here.