FFfAW — Making the Best of a Bad Situation

16528010-8271-4B43-BD1A-7ECF5587DA13“What the hell is that?” Sammy asked Bob, his young assistant manager. He pointed to corner pegboards displaying dozens of pairs of women’s sandals.

“Well, boss,” the young man said sheepishly, “I’m trying to make the best of a bad situation.”

“What situation?” Sammy said. “And where did all of those sandals come from?”

Remember last week when you asked me to order two dozen leather men’s wallets?” Bob said. “Well, I must have mistakenly tabbed over to women’s sandals on the computerized inventory program and ordered 200 pairs.”

“What?” Sammy yelled. “You ordered 200 pairs of women’s sandals instead of two dozen men’s wallets? But this is a men’s shop, you idiot.”

“I know, boss,” Bob said. “I screwed up. But I can fix this. I put an ad on our store’s Facebook page announcing a today-only, half-price, fall sale of women’s sandals — while supplies last.” Then Bob pointed to the front of the store. A long line of women shoppers were outside waiting for the doors to open.

(172 words)

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Yarnspinnerr.

20 thoughts on “FFfAW — Making the Best of a Bad Situation

  1. pensitivity101 September 25, 2018 / 8:23 am

    Enterprising lad….. though 200 from 2 dozen is one big error, wallets or sandals!

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  2. Sadje September 25, 2018 / 10:51 am

    Very sharp witted young man! Enjoyed you story.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. JoHawkTheWriter September 25, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Pats on the back for the young man taking the initiative to correct his error. Cute story.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. michael1148humphris September 25, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    He should get a pay rise. I enjoyed this story

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    • Fandango September 25, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Thanks, Michael. He did generate a lot of traffic to the store.


  5. Abhijit Ray September 25, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Nice job Bob, quick thinking on the feet. Is he selling halfprice? That may cost him his bonus for causing loss to company and a reprimand for ordering wrong items in the first place.

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    • Fandango September 25, 2018 / 10:49 pm

      Reminds me of the old joke about the guy who said he loses a dollar on every tie he sells… but he makes it up in volume!


  6. blogitwithsurabhi September 26, 2018 / 9:31 am

    Too good. Sale sounds interesting!

    Liked by 1 person

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