A ‘Larry David mo­ment’ — which wins a DVD set

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Th i s w e e k ’ s cringe-wor­thy e n c o u n t e r , in­spired by Curb Your En­thu­si­asm (on More4), comes f r o m JC r e a der Stephen Mar­cus, from Shen­ley, in Hert­ford­shire.

“My daugh­ter and I had been in­vited to the lo­cal rabbi’s house for Shab­bat lunch, al­though I did not know him very well. About a week be­fore the lunch, I was tak­ing my film in to the chemist to be de­vel­oped. As there were some pic­tures still to be used up, I pointed my cam­era at the scenery out­side the shop and shot away. I was vaguely aware that some peo­ple were in the pic­ture. Then I re­alised that it was the rabbi and his chil­dren, so I in­tro­duced my­self. He asked me if I had been tak­ing pho­tos and I tried to ex­plain what I had been do­ing.

“I said that I was look­ing for­ward to see­ing him the fol­low­ing week.

“On my way out of the car park that day, I re­alised that I had forgotten to do my re­cy­cling so I stopped by the bot­tle bank think­ing I would only be a few sec­onds.

“How­ever, in those few sec­onds I blocked the road and caused a traf­fic jam, and so I moved away as soon as pos­si­ble. As I did so, I saw the rabbi’s son wave at me as I drove past. I thought he had recog­nised me. Then I re­alised that the rea­son he was wav­ing was that I had forgotten to shut the car boot in my rush. I jumped out of the car to close the boot, aware that the rabbi might think that he had in­vited a meshugene for lunch .

“A few days later, the rabbi’s wife rang to say that the fam­ily had de­cided to go away that week­end but that she would be in touch to make an­other date .

“That was a more than two months ago. I have heard noth­ing since.”

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