On Mulberry Street

I have this buddy who owns a secular bookstore, and he e-mailed me the following anecdote. As a disclaimer, I don't condone the sale of items related to magic or the occult, but those of you with ESP knew that already:
Backorders happen. Subsequently, people sometimes get frustrated. I understand that. I do what I can and try to be sympathetic.

But it's really hard to swallow the obvious comeback when the lady says, "I have a crystal ball and a line full of people waiting to have their fortunes told, and that tarot kit I ordered was supposed to come in last week. Do you have any idea when it'll be there?"
If you don't get it, check the tea leaves in the bottom of your cup.