I spent the last couple summers removing refrigerators from customer homes to be recycled through a local utility program (read: old, heavy, filthy fridges and freezers). One particularly difficult job I recall required taking the doors off the customer’s fridge as well as interior doors from their hinges in the customer’s apartment, physically carrying the unit and doors through the apartment, multiple trips through the complex, etc. All the while the oddball customer hanging around with a weird anticipation in the air.
When my colleague and I finally finished and climbed into the truck’s cab, he ran forward to tip us with two bills and exclaimed that we “don’t spend them all in one place!” He waited around long enough to watch my reaction as I unfolded the bills to discover $2 million in fake US currency, then laughed at his own clever ruse.
I learned many things on that job, namely the value of hard work and not taking for granted the relative earning power of a college degree. On that day I learned restraint.