AS WAS HIS CUSTOM

 

AS WAS HIS CUSTOM, a carnival manger was making his daily round of the midway on more or less of a fault-finding tour, Stopping to listen to a sideshow talker's opening, he was surprised to hear him say, "If you're a lot of broken bums and ain't got the admission price of this show in your pockets, then scram home and don't be out here taking up our time."

 

 

Returning to his office, the manager pondered over the remark and grew hot under the collar.  With his secretary, he returned to the sideshow to listen in to learn whether his ears had deceived him, but again the talker used, "If you're a lot of broken bums and ain't got the admission price of this show in your pockets, etc."  Again going to his office, the manager sent for the talker.  "Johnson," he yelled," I was on the lot listening to your opening.  I find that your crude way of expressing yourself is hurting business. 

 

Won't you ever learn that 'ain't got' isn't correct English?"

Image by Jack Cole from the comic series the Barker 1944


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