BAREFOOT IN A PINSTRIPE SUIT
Added on: 27th Jun 2015
I use public transportation to get to and from work.
It is much more relaxing than driving,
however it also means I must put up
with the occasional jerk.
This morning, I was treated to a yuppie
jerk getting a comeuppance.
There were 2 men sitting directly across
from me on the Metro train.
One man was the typical arrogant,
impeccably dressed lawyer type:
navy blue pin stripe suit, starched white shirt,
cufflinks, suspenders, silk tie,
polished tassel loafers,
with his legs crossed and work stretched
out with no regard for the person
seated next to him.
The other man was a much older guy,
dressed kind of shabbily,
small and thin and he was getting annoyed
at being tapped with the bottom of the
expensive shoe from the Master of the Universe
with the crossed legs next to him.
The train was very crowded and
when the old guy was ready to exit the train,
he excused himself and stood up.
Pinstripes didn't even bother to stand
to let him out. He simply shifted in his seat,
with his legs still crossed.
As the old man exited,
he suddenly reached over and slipped the
offending tasselled loafer from hotshot's extended foot.
Then, he reached under the cuff of the tailored suit
and pulled off his dress sock.
In a second, the old man was out of the train
and the executive was so stunned that he only
realized what he did after the doors had closed
and he could do nothing about it.
So there he sat, in his $1500 suit and
his $100 tie and his monogrammed cufflinks,
wearing only one very expensive shoe and
one black business sock,
staring at his bare foot while turning crimson and purple.
I looked out the window and saw the
old guy holding up the polished shoe
and the sock and laughing.
He looked like a hunter holding up a trophy.
I laughed my head off,
as did several others who witnessed this.
He was smart enough not to look
for sympathy from any of us.
Another old guy looked at him with pity though
tapped him on the shoulder.
He pulled something out of a plastic bag:
it was a pair of plastic flip-flops!
The man explained that he didn't need them
and suit-boy took them without speaking
and took off his remaining shoe and sock,
replacing what had been a pair of $500 shoes
with $2.98 flip-flops.
Now THAT is a humbling experience.