Education: By the Numbers

The television setting is "Scoops' Place," a rundown drugstore in the inner city. A young soda jerk named K.O.K. spoons out free banana splits to two buddies who stroll in. Boss "Scoops" calls the boy aside and points out that, although he makes only $1 per hour, K.O.K. has just spent $6 on ice cream for his friends. "Son," says Scoops in a fatherly fashion, "you're supposed to make $4 today. Now you've gotta work two more hours just to get back to zero." Blurts out the incredulous K.O.K.: "Oh, man, hey, I...

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