Mr. Traveler got on a train in St. Louis, and when he saw the conductor, he put a $50 bill in his
hand and said,, “I’m giving you this money to get me off in Columbus, Ohio when we stop there at
4:30 in the morning. I have a very important meeting there, and I’m a heavy sleeper. In fact, I might fight you trying to get me up, but you have to make sure I get off, anyway.
I can’t impress upon you how important it is, and you must get me off in Columbus.”
“Okay,” said the conductor. “I’ll do it for you.”
The man woke up with sunlight filling the railroad car, and looked at his watch. It was 9 am,
and he heard the conductor yell out, “Next stop, New York City.”
He jumped out of the sleeper, found the conductor and began to berate him. He yelled and screamed at the man for not following his instructions, and when the train stopped, he grabbed the conductor by the collar and led him into the station directly to the stationmaster’s office.
Then he began yelling at the stationmaster.
“I told this substitute for a conductor to get me off in Columbus,” he raved, “and I missed the most important meeting of my business life,” and he went on like this for 30 minutes, finally stomping out of the office.
“Wow,” said the stationmaster. “Was he mad!”
“Yeah,” answered the conductor, “he was mad alright, but, he wasn’t half as mad as that fellow I pushed off the
train in Columbus at 4:30 this morning.”