1. He worked at foot locker. A guy came in with no money for shoes. He felt sorry for him and gave him shoes And that’s why he was fired.

    The joke is we thought he was waxing philosophical but she points out it was a practical reality.

  2. Well, to the extent that he’s balking at one of the standard forms of that admonitory saying, I’m with him.

    Anyway, here is Sincerely L. Cohen with a sort of second-order take on the same idea, from his “Bird on a Wire”:

    I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch
    He said to me, “you must not ask for so much”
    And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door
    She cried to me, “hey, why not ask for more?”

  3. He was a salesman, and should have been pushing people to buy shoes, not accepting their claims that they couldn’t afford shoes.

  4. I just realized that this blog is sort of the generic version of explainxkcd.com! XKCD is the only strip I know of that’s deep enough to need a regular, specific version of “Who can understand this one?”

    Good on Bill for providing a public service, eh?

  5. Which of course always reminds me of “Do not criticize a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes. Then, if he gets mad at you, he’s barefoot and you’ve got a one mile head start.”

  6. Helen Keller: “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”
    If he’s been fired, why is he still wearing his stupid Footlocker “referee” shirt?

  7. Helen Keller: “I cried because I had no eyes until I met a man who had no lacrimal glands.”

  8. Oddly just yesterday (or the day before) I was musing on “Mister Boffo” and wondered if it was still in print.

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