A FATHER has remained silent during his daughter’s story of a new purchase before ominously asking how much she paid for it.
27-year-old Lucy Parry admitted that she had been both expecting and dreading the question because she knows it could only lead to the conclusion that it could have been obtained cheaper.
She said: “I asked Dad how he was, and how the lawn was, and he asked me how work was going, and we both knew all we were doing was avoiding the elephant in the room.
“Then, his eyes alive with nervous energy, he said ‘How much was this new American-style fridge your mum’s so impressed with, then?’
“I told him. He said ‘How much?’ so I had to tell him again. He sucked air through his teeth then vanished to my old room, where they keep the PC, to find out how badly I’d messed it up this time.
“Within 40 minutes he was down, ignoring Mum’s interjections of ‘Leave it, Brian,’ telling me it was £120 less than that on Very even new and if I’d gone second-hand I could have paid half that. I accepted this, as is my role.”
Brian Parry said: “I was put on this earth to tell people they’ve paid too much for stuff. But they won’t listen.”