“Can I help you, sir?”

“No, I’m just looking,” I said. I had just entered Pito’s Place, which had a wide variety of items for sale. This place was a mess; many items were placed on the floor. I had to watch my step.

“Watch it!” the man screamed. I head a crunch sound as I stepped on an antique teddy bear. It exploded into a hundred pieces.

“Sold!” he cried. “That will be $10.25, please.”

I looked at him in distress. I had no money with me.

“I don’t have any money.”

“You have destroyed a historic piece. It’s 61 years old and made in 1925 by Scott Peltin. It has been held by Warren Harding. That’s the President!”

“Was he President at the time?”

“I promise you! If I’m wrong, you owe nothing.”

I walked out.

Calvin Coolidge was President at that time.

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