We wanted to go to yard sales to furnish our new dorm. We were going to be freshman at UT and we were determined to have a cool dorm room. The problem is that, like other freshmen, we were prone to sleeping late. Getting up at 6am was nigh impossible.
The solution, of course, is to stay up all night, which we did. After our shopping expedition we woke up to see what we had purchased. An ice mold to make an fish shaped block of ice, a bowling ball, and a gumball machine. The gumball machine is the one purchase that warrants a story.
We parked at the bottom of the driveway, which started with a small hill and finished with a flat area in front of the garage. We looked through the unsellable trinkets until our eyes caught a glimpse of the gumball machine. This wasn't one of those cheap plastic ones found at Wal Mart. It was cast iron, a commercial looking model that could be found at a hair salon or something.
We had to have it.
"Would you take 15?"
At yard sales you haggle because it's expected, not because you aren't happy with the price.
The person I asked turned to another person and signed to them. They were deaf. They received some sign language back, and in that deaf accent said, "yes". Cool. It was listed for $25, so we felt like we had gotten a great value.
We paid and started to carry it down the driveway. It was heavier than expected. A slight shake revealed that there was money still in it. Wow - maybe we'd get a few dollars back and make it an even more compelling bargain.
When we got back down to the car we couldn't resist any longer. A screwdriver removed the top of the gumball machine. We peered in to see a treasure trove of change. It was a score. We drove home to count the money and found that there was over $50 in quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.
How in the world could they not have realized that there was so much money in it?
Oh yeah... They were deaf. They couldn't hear the change.
I think that's great, he's not going to hell for it. They may have been deaf but that doesn't excuse them not popping the top and looking for themselves before putting it up for sale. Stupidity isn't excused just because they have a noticeable affliction.
Ty is being quite honest by saying they didn't hear it because they were deaf but again, that doesn't mean they couldn't look inside to check, common sense here.
Search for "karaoke for the deaf" on youtube...Johan Lipowitz does some very funny interpretive mime to popular songs.
i probably told him the same thing when he wrote the pizza hut story, which was (shockingly!) a new one. the gumball machine story i've already heard, but it's still soooooo wrong.
tynan basically has to go to hell. otherwise who will pull pranks with me in the afterlife? :/
If he goes to hell, it's going to be for that "Free Pizza Hut pizza via computer voice" thing. That shit was SO deliberate!
Don't make fun of those deaf people. They are just like us but they can't hear.
They are just like us. Their ears may not work but it does not stop them from living. They work harder to live their life with equal rights. It is a long battle they fought. Please pay some respect and treat them equally just like you would treat your friends and families.
What you could have done is buy the gumball machine and didn't realized and found the 'lost money' and return them the money and keep the gumball machine.
Please respect the human being regardless of their races, religions, ages, orientrations, and capabilities.
I had never gambled before and knew nothing about it, but I'd gotten too many e-mails like it. I was at my parents house for winter break during my first year at UT, and I was bored.
"Free $50 just for downloading our casino!"
Hmm. That doesn't seem very risky. I might as well download to see what it's all about.
I've been trying to make money ever since I was 7 years old. Some of my ideas have been more successful than others. But all in all, the ventures I pursued in my younger years panned out and I made some (relatively) great money. The experiences I had, and the ventures themselves, taught me a lot about how to be a successful entrepreneur and provided me with a solid foundation going forward.
This post is a recap of some of the businesses I did. Get with your kid and try one!
Age 7: Sodas at City League Baseball/Softball Games
My hometown of Rocklin, CA has a great baseball and softball city league scene. My dad at the time played on one of the teams. So every Friday night I went to his games. But I was always thirsty. And their drink selection was horrible. I had found an opportunity.
With the help of my mother I went to Costco every Friday before the games and purchased sodas and bottled water in bulk. We also got some ice. I filled two coolers full of drinks, grabbed my big cardboard sign I made, and we headed to the park.