Walking home, I was tempted by a roadside vendor selling corn cobs.
“How much?”, I asked.
“One is eight rupees”, he said, “or three for twenty rupees.”
“I’ll take four”, I said, picking out the cobs. “How much?”
“Thirty rupees”, he said.
“Thirty rupees?”, I asked. “But if it is twenty rupees for three, how can four cost thirty rupees?”
“Okay”, he conceded. “Twenty-eight rupees.”
Which is exactly what I would have paid had I bought three cobs, then asked for one more.
Whether he was dumb, or whether he thought me dumb, he definitely lost a customer that day.
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