MOBILE phones can get the most respectable people into trouble.
Shirley, a mature and attractive lady of smart attire, was shopping in Huddersfield the other day. She went to a fruit and vegetable stall and waited while the woman assistant behind the counter talked on her mobile phone.
Being polite, Shirley waited. And waited. And still the phone call went on.
“Excuse me,” she said at last. “Could I have a cooking apple, please?”
This finally got the attention of the assistant.
“I beg your pardon?” she said, her voice tinged with outrage.
“Could I have a cooking apple, please?”
“Oh,” said the attendant, slightly mollified. “I thought you said ....”
The rhyming mistake caused a shocked response and then a laugh – but still no service.
That had to wait while the assistant went back to her phone call.
What’s the odds she was telling whoever was on the other end of the line: “A woman just asked me for a cooking apple. You’ll never guess what I thought she said.”