Bragging is something that humans just love to do. If someone starts to tell a story, someone always has to try and “one up” it with something even more outrageous. Did you have surgery? Well, someone probably had 3. Buy a car recently? So did Mike from accounting, and his is blue. Did you meet the quote for sales this month? Becky probably doubled it. This is a constant thing that we have to deal with – especially at work. So when this old man realized that the new kid was going to start this behavior at his job, he shut him up in the BEST way possible!
The strong young man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of one of the older workmen. After several minutes, the older worker had had enough.
“Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is,” he said. “I will bet a week’s wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that building that you won’t be able to wheel back.”
“You’re on, old man,” the kid replied. “Let’s see what you got.”
The old man reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles.
Then, nodding to the young man, he said, “All right. Get in.”
Oops! This kid learned the hard way. I’m sure that everyone in the yard was ready for that kid to get a hard dose of reality! I wonder if the old man decided to keep the kid to his bet and take his week’s wages, or if it was just the quickest way to get the kid to stop bragging and start working! Either way, this was funny!
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