Ten Dollar Flight
Sue and Bob, a pair of tight-wads who live in the Midwest, had
been married for years. Bob always wanted to go flying. The
desire deepened each time a barn-stormer flew into town to
offer rides. Bob would ask, and Sue would say, "No way, ten
dollars is ten dollars."
The years went by, and Bob figured he didn't have much longer,
so he got Sue out to the show, explaining it's free to watch,
let's at least watch. And once he got there the feeling became
really strong. Sue and Bob started to argue.
The pilot, between flights, overheard their problem and said,
"I'll tell you what, I'll take you up flying, and if you don't say
a word, the ride is on me. But if one peep comes out of either
of you, you pay ten dollars."
So off they flew. The pilot was doing as many rolls and dives as
he could and heading to the ground as fast as the plane could go.
He pulled out of the dive at just the very last second. Not a word
was said. Finally he admitted defeat and went back the airport.
"I'm surprised. Why didn't you say anything?" asked the pilot.
"Well I almost said something when Sue fell out,
but ten dollars is ten dollars."