Excuses for Being Late

The General on a spot inspection found that 10 marines were missing and have not returned from their weekly furlough. Finally, one marine ran up, panting heavily.

“Sorry, sir! I can explain, you see I had a date and it ran a little late. I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran ten miles, and now I’m here.”

The General was very skeptical about this explanation but at least he was here so he let the marine go.

Within the next 10 minutes eight more marines popped up one after another. The general asked them why they were late. He got the uniform response:

“Sorry, sir! I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran ten miles, and now I’m here.”

The General eyed them, feeling very skeptical but since he let the first guy go, he let them go, too.

Finally, the last marine arrived, jogged up to the General, panting heavily.

“Sorry, sir! I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but …”

“Let me guess,” the General interrupted, “it broke down.”

“No,” said the marine, “there were so many dead horses in the road, it took forever to get around them.”

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