It’s a slow day in a little northern town called Maghull. There’s a chill in the air, and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.
On this particular day a well to do type of guy is driving through town. He stops at a local hotel and lays a ﾂ｣50 note on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms as he wants to spend a night in the town.
As soon as the man walks upstairs, the hotel owner grabs the ﾂ｣50 and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the ﾂ｣50 and runs down the street to settle his debt to the farmer.
The farmer takes the ﾂ｣50 and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of his animal feed.
The guy at the Farmer’s Co-op seizes the ﾂ｣50 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her “services” on credit.
She in turn dashes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.
The hotel proprietor then places the ﾂ｣50 note back on the counter to await the return of the well to do guy.
A few minutes later the guy returned to the desk, says the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the ﾂ｣50 and leaves town.
No one produced anything. No one earned anything.
However, everyone concerned is now out of debt and now looks to the future with great optimism.
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