A receipt, crumpled on the table.
"Keep it with you at all times."
I know the clientele here, not always
the most honest types, like me
who just picked up a chai, by mistake.
My receipt is for a decaf cappuccino,
but I'll admit the chai was more delicious.
when the barrista approached me just
as I took the first sip, I volunteered
to keep it, but she took it away because
my receipt was for a decaf cappuccino.
I watched her pour it down the drain,
such a tragic waste.