It’s the middle of the night and this man is in bed with his wife when he hears a loud knocking on the front door.
He rolls over and looks at his clock. To his surprise, it’s half past three in the morning! Sod that for a game of soldiers, he thinks, so he rolls over and tries to go back to sleep.
A few minutes later, a louder knock follows, just as he was dropping off to sleep again.
“Aren’t you going to answer that?” says his wife.
So, the man drags himself out of bed, and goes downstairs.
He opens the front door and this bloke is stood outside.
“Eh mate” says the stranger, “can you give us a push?”
“No, piss off, it’s half three. I was in bed” says the man and shuts the door on him.
He goes back up to bed, and tells his wife what happened.
She says to him, “Roger, you really are awful. Do you remember that night when we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the babysitter, and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? What would have happened if he had told us to piss off?”
Roger thinks his wife makes sense, and so, feeling rather guilty, he gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs.
He opens the front door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere he shouts: “Eh mate, do you still want a push?”
A few seconds later, he hears a voice cry out “Yes please mate.”
The man looks all around, but he can’t see the stranger, so he shouts: “Where are you?”
The stranger calls out…
“I’m over here on the swings.”
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