A father walked into the market to do some shopping, accompanied by his ten year-old son who kept repeatedly spinning a quarter in the air and catching it between his teeth.
As they were walking through the market, someone bumped into the boy at just the wrong moment and the coin went straight into his mouth and lodged in his throat.
The boy immediately started to choke and was going blue in the face. His Dad started to panick and was shouting and screaming for help.
A middle-aged, fairly unnoticeable man in a gray suit was sitting at a coffee bar in the market. He was reading his newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee.
At the sound of the commotion, he looked up, put his coffee cup down on the saucer, neatly folded his newspaper and placed it on the counter. He then got up from his seat and made his unhurried way across the market.
Reaching the boy (who was still standing, but only just), the man carefully took hold of the kid’s testicles and squeezed them gently but firmly.
After a few seconds, the boy convulsed violently and he coughed up the quarter, which the man caught in his free hand.
Releasing the boy, the man handed the coin to the father and walked back to his seat in the coffee bar without even so much as a look back.
As soon as he was sure that his son had suffered no lasting ill effects and was recovering ok, the father rushed over to the man, grabbed his hands and started thanking him for saving his son’s life.
The man looked rather embarrassed and brushed off the father’s attempts to thank him.
As he was about to leave, the father asked the man one last question: “I’ve never seen anybody do anything like that before – it was fantastic – what are you, a surgeon or something like that?”
“Oh, good heavens no” the man replied, “I work for the IRS”.
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