Popcorn - Citizenship in the World
Bob Washburn (whiterabbit@IW.EDWPUB.COM)
Wed, 2 Jul 1997 21:43:42 -0500
In college towns you get a fair number of foreign students and faculty.
One year one of our more aggressive popcorn salesmen knocked on a door in
the neighborhood. It was answered by a rather timid Chinese gentleman who
it turns out had only been in the United States for a few weeks, this was
during one of the political crackdowns in China. Our well trained Scout
went into his much practiced routine. The reaction from the oriental
gentleman can best be described as fear. Our Scout fairly quickly picked
up that he was not getting a "normal" response.
Quickly sizing up the problem, he tried to convince the gentleman that:
1. He was not from the military.
2. The Scouts were not part of the government
3. That the purchase of popcorn was not mandatory
4. That no one would come knocking on their door in the middle of the night
if they did not purchase popcorn.
The somewhat relieved, but not fully convinced gentleman said "Thank you."
and slammed the door.
The lessons of Scouting come from many sources.
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