“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
A board outside a restaurant advertised, ‘Eat as much as you want- we’ll make your grandson pay for it.’
Popatlal thought he was an intelligent man and since he wasn’t even a father, this was his chance to lap up the offer. After he’d devoured three Pizzas’ and five bowls of ice creams, he wished he had a spare tummy. His tongue craved for more, but his stomach protested. He resigned to his fate and reluctantly rose to leave.
Just then the waiter presented a bill for Rs-1500/-
“I thought you said it’s free, I mean my grandson would pay for it, isn’t it?” asked the surprised Popatlal.
“Yes Sir, sure,” said the beaming waiter, “This one though is your grandfather’s bill.”
The anecdote reflects a profound truth of life, best said by the famous actor and Director of the Rocky fame, Sylvester Stallone, “Don’t be gullible, use life before it uses you. Understand there are no free lunches, and for every action you take there is a reaction.”
The cost of Freebie’s
We often hear the phrase ‘There are no Free Lunches.’ The expression originated after the American bar owners, in the mid-nineteenth century, advertised a free lunch to those who purchased liquor. It was an attractive offer- you could eat as much as you want if you brought one little drink. But the unwitting customers didn’t realize that most of the food was heavily salted, and they spontaneously went for more liquor to neutralize the salt effect. When the light of this notoriety finally dawned on the customers, the adage caught off, and today it has a ubiquitous presence.
To be continued…