Asking for legal advice
A lawyer’s dog, running about unleashed, beelines for a butcher shop and
steals a roast. Butcher goes to lawyer’s office and asks, “if a dog running
unleashed steals a piece of meat from my store, do I have a right to demand
payment for the meat from the dog’s owner?” The lawyer answers, “Absolutely.”
“Then you owe me $8.50. Your dog was loose and stole a roast from me today.”
The lawyer, without a word, writes the butcher a check for $8.50 [attorneys
don’t carry cash — it’s too plebeian — and the butcher hadn’t brought the
shop’s credit card imprinter to the lawyer’s office].
Several periods of time later — it could be the next day but that would be
unrealistic — the butcher opens the mail and finds an envelope from the lawyer:
$20 due for a consultation.