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12 July 1996

Suckling Fraud

I tried to get some free drinks in the exclusive Silver Suckling lounge at the Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle Airport in Paris, but I couldn't bluff my way past the receptionist.

"I am sorry, monsieur," she said, "but you must have a Silver Suckling frequent flier executive membership card as well as a boarding pass for a Suckling Airways flight to enter."

"I'm sorry," I replied, "but it would appear neither of us are frequent suckers."

I could tell by her smile that she understood what I said, but she pretended to be confused. Of course, the Parisians always pretend not to understand any language except French. C'est la vie ...

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