A lawyer’s dog

A lawyer’s dog, running about unleashed, beelines for a butcher shop and steals a roast. The Butcher goes to lawyer’s office and asks, if a dog running unleashed steals a piece of meat from my store, do I have a right to demand payment for the meat from the dog’s owner? The lawyer answers, Absolutely. Then you owe me $8.50. Your dog was loose and stole a roast from me today. The lawyer, without a word, writes the butcher a check for $8.50 [attorneys don’t carry cash — it’s too plebeian — and the butcher hadn’t brought the shop’s credit card imprinter to the lawyer’s office]. Several periods of time later — it could be the next day but that would be unrealistic — the butcher opens the mail and finds an envelope from the lawyer: $20 due for a consultation.

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