Friday Fictioneers — Cherry Tomato Depot

“Let me get this straight,” the loan officer, Ted Henderson, said. “You invested a quarter of a million dollars of your own money, exhausting your life’s savings, to build a structure in the shape of a giant cherry tomato, and now you need a loan so that you can actually have the funds to open up a retail store called ‘Cherry Tomato Depot’ that sells only cherry tomatoes. Is that right?”

“That’s right, sir,” Todd said. “The cherry tomato business is booming.”

Henderson picked up a rubber stamp, pressed it on the loan application, and handed it to Todd.

(99 words)


Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Dale Rogerson.

22 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Cherry Tomato Depot

  1. Brenda's Thoughts June 11, 2021 / 8:24 pm

    Maybe he should have built the business first, then the giant tomato. Still feel sorry for Todd. No one likes the “rejected” stamp. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango June 11, 2021 / 8:34 pm

      True. No one likes rejection, but he did put the cart before the horse.

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  2. msjadeli June 12, 2021 / 10:57 am

    I’m sure banks have heard it all. Good decision by the loan officer.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. James McEwan June 12, 2021 / 11:11 pm

    Life can be tough, at least cherry tomatoes will always be on sale somewhere. If only he started with a market stall.

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  4. GHLearner June 13, 2021 / 1:58 am

    Maybe if he asked Elon Musk, they could come up with a concept about cherry tomatoes from space? Poor guy has indeed started at the wrong end.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. oneta hayes June 14, 2021 / 2:53 pm

    A classic “What not to do” for motivated business degree holders. I’m assuming a college degree rather than experience. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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