Uncle Sal entered the Root Hog or Diner and saw Giacomo reading the newspaper in a booth. He had apparently gone back to his busty ex-girlfriend Alexa, who was seated next to him. Uncle Sal saw the comics section of the newspaper on his side of the booth and placed his canary stovepipe hat on top of it. He picked up a menu and said, "They got stuffed pork chops here? Boy, does that sound good. With extra gravy...mmmm."
Giacomo folded the newspaper and tucked it under his leg. "Did you read the newspaper today?"
"Naw, I normally can't be bothered. What's the news?"
"The police just cracked a case that was pretty ingenious. A couple guys started working at that fancy French restaurant La Grenouille Bleue. Apparently, it's where the highbrow crowd goes for their three-martini lunches and hundred-dollar entrees. It's always full of various entrepreneurs, CEOs and vice presidents. So, the coat-check guys see all these expensive coats, right? And they get an idea. I mean, of course they were rifling in the coat pockets. Even if they just find twenty bucks, they can pocket it and no one in that crowd is ever going to notice he's missing it. I mean, those guys probably blow their nose with twenties. Anyway, these coat-checkers decide that an extra twenty now and then is good, but they could do better. So they start moving the coats out the back door. Just once in a while, so it seems like an honest mistake. Now anyone that wants a designer coat and doesn't want to pay full price, they see these guys and get it for a fraction of the cost. The problem came when they tried to move a twenty thousand dollar fur coat to an undercover cop. Pretty crafty, eh?"
"I'll say it is. Get a job at some swanky restaurant and separate the veeps from their coats."
This episode featured:
Ivar Theobald as Uncle Sal
Orville Koharski as Gicaomo
Consuela Hightower as Alexa
Jellybean Merengue as the comics section.
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "If I only had a pencil-thin mustache."
[15 June 2008]