Have a cigar?


He was the commissioner of a state highway department and his official okay could clear a voucher for payment.

A contractor sauntered in. “Lovely day,” he said. His hand drew from his pocket a one thousand dollar bill, which he placed in front of the commissioner.

“Have a cigar?” asked the highway commissioner.

“Thanks.” The contractor sniffed the cigar and put it in a cocked angle into his mouth.

The commissioner took out a lighter, lit the one thousand dollar bill, and then extended it to light the contractor’s cigar.

Then he held the burning bill against his own cigar. The charred remains fell into an ashtray on his desk.

Neither man spoke. It was not necessary.


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2 Responses to Have a cigar?

  1. Roaring Lion says:

    Do you know it is illegal to burn money? If the evidence of charred money is found, the person can be charged guilty.

    Hahaa. Of course, the society is in different era now since transaction is going cashless. I can’t help it but to bring the sex scandal incidents of ex-SCDF commissioner and ex-CNB director as examples. Misuse of taxpayer money and public position in any form of transactions will have a consequence.

  2. Yup. It’s an offence to burn money(notes). It’s just a simple story to show that temptations to corrupt always there. Contractors or anybody can just come to you to offer you cash, women or anything in exchange for favor. It’s true and it will always happen anywhere. Thks.

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