No One Else’s Job

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No One Else’s Job


A merchant hurrying to market came upon a traveler picking up trash along the roadside.  

“Why are you picking up trash?” asked the merchant. “It’s not your job.”   

“Oh, my apologies,” replied the traveler, looking concerned. “Is it your job?”   

“No, of course not,” said the merchant.   

“Is it someone else’s job?” asked the traveler.   

“None that I know of,” replied the merchant.   

“Ah,” said the traveler, relieved. “Well, if it is no one else’s job, then it must be mine!”   

And they went their separate ways, each thinking the other a fool.