I Couldn’t Afford to Smoke if I Wanted To


I was at the local gas station/convenience store and the guy in line ahead of me was buying a couple of Monster energy drinks and a carton of cigarettes.

“90 dollars,” the clerk said.

I figured he must be buying a tank of gas as well and the price included that, but I asked the clerk when I got to the front of the line, “Did that guy just pay 90 dollars for two Monsters and a carton of cigarettes?”

“Yeah — and those are not really expensive cigarettes.”

“Wow, I remember when I could buy a carton of cigs AND fill my motorcycle for 15 bucks.”

“I know what you mean,” the clerk replied, even though I just made that whole thing up.

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