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What would you have done?

A cashier asked me if I wanted to hear an off-color story.

He might have said “joke.” But I think he said “story.”

“What?” I said.

He repeated the question.

Now, this cashier is a person I have dealt with many times. He seems sane. I like to think we enjoy a nice rapport.

I had no reason to suspect that the humor stylings in question would involve anything truly creepy. And I didn't want him to feel like I was judging him harshly for even suggesting it. 

So I said “Sure.”

The joke turned out to be pretty tame. Garden variety dirty-joke stuff. He was reminded of it by one of the food items I was purchasing. I was not offended.

What would you have said if asked if you wanted to hear an off-color joke?

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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