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Have told this story a few times of late, maybe it speaks of this writer's in­no­cence, or maybe naïveté, but it is sur­pris­ing that peo­ple do what they do.

Out for lunch the other day, and or­dered a pasta dish that was very tasty, so much so that we ate the whole plate­ful, as did the per­son we were with.

Our server came by and asked, "How was ev­ery­thing?"

Push­ing both to­tally cleaned plates to her, we said jok­ingly, "We didn't like it!"

She stopped with a sur­prised look on her face and replied, "Re­ally?"

"No, of course not, the plates are clean, It was ex­cel­lent", we said.

"Well", she said, "You have no idea the num­ber of peo­ple who do just what you did, and are se­ri­ous about not lik­ing their meal, and then ask for it to be no charge."

This caught us by sur­prise, never think­ing that any­one could ac­tu­ally do this. And we didn't get around to ask­ing what the fi­nal re­sult was, if the meal was given at no charge to sat­isfy the cus­tomer, or if there was an­other, less de­sir­able re­sult.

What would you do if you were the restau­rant man­ager?

Hap­pened to be over in Air­drie re­cently and read a brief ar­ti­cle in the Air­drie Life Mag­a­zine about an old friend of this writer, Jack Hil­ton. Hil­ton was hon­oured last fall with the Le­gion of

Hon­our Medal, pre­sented by the French Govern­ment, for his ac­tions in World War II as a Cana­dian fighter pi­lot, based in Eng­land. He has since writ­ten a book about his wartime ser­vice, en­ti­tled, "The Saga of a Cana­dian Typhoon Fighter Pi­lot" by Jack Henry Hil­ton.

In­trigued by this chance no­tice of Jack and his war record, we called Dawn Smith from the Air­drie Echo news­pa­per, who had writ­ten an­other ar­ti­cle for her pa­per about Jack when the medal was for­mally pre­sented to him.

Smith sup­plied us with his phone num­ber, as he is now very much re­tired, at 96, from the whole­sale fur­ni­ture busi­ness where we knew him years ago. As it said in the ar­ti­cle by Smith, he rarely talked about the war, and some­thing we didn't know about all the time we did busi­ness to­gether. When we di­aled his num­ber, Jack im­me­di­ately picked up the phone. We told him who was call­ing, he paused for a se­cond, then re­called ex­actly who we were, and talked like we had done so many times in the past. He said he would keep a book aside for us, and we promised to take him for lunch when over in his neck of the woods. Phone us at 403-823-2580 or fax us at 403-823-3864 email: in­for­ma­tion@drumheller­mail.com or drop into our of­fices at 515 High­way 10 East

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