That’s telling him

A wholesaler in Chicago sent a letter to the postmaster of a small town in Mississippi. He asked for the name of an honest lawyer who would take a collection case against a local debtor who had refused to pay for a shipment of the wholesaler’s goods. He received the following reply:

Dear Sir:

I am the postmaster of this town. I am also an honest lawyer and ordinarily would be pleased to accept a case against a local debtor. In this case, however, I also happen to be the person you sold those defective goods to. I received your demand to pay and refused to honor it. I am also the banker you sent the draft to draw on the merchant, and I sent that back with a note stating that the merchant refused to pay. If I were not currently substituting for the pastor of our local church, I would tell you exactly what I thought of your claim.


Howard G. Hackett, Jr.

5 Responses to That’s telling him

  1. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    That’s the way it is sometimes.

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  2. Abigail says:

    I wonder where Howard G. Hackett, Jr., stores all of his hats. His concluding remark was golden! Is this a creation of your imagination, or a real message?

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    • I didn’t write it; it was something I received in an email and no author was named. I’m guessing it’s one of those tales that had some slight basis in truth somewhere in the distant past, and got just a little bit better each time it was retold. 🙂


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