Franc discussion

By Ed Graper
This item appears on page 15 of the March 2022 issue.

This month’s winner is ED GRAPER of Goleta, California:

A bit ago I was sitting on a bench in front of Café Lenôtre, near rue Cler in Paris, enjoying one of their amazing pastries when I was forcefully accosted by a beggar. Recognizing me as a foreigner, in perfect English he demanded money.

Thinking “How can I escape?”, I decided to be clever. I responded in my second language, Spanish.

His demands continued, without a missing a breath, in perfect Spanish!

Tell us about something humorous that happened to you while traveling outside the United States. There are no restrictions on length. ITN staff will choose each month’s winner, who will receive a free one-year subscription to ITN. Include your full mailing or billing address. Entries not chosen cannot be acknowledged.