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A man was buying a pack of cigarettes at a Rogers Park convenience store. "That'll be $2.14," said the clerk.

"$2.14 for cigarettes? That's cheap!" said the customer.

"No, it's not."

"Whaddya mean, it's not? That's cheap!"

The clerk pointed his finger at the customer. "No, it's not cheap. It's inexpensive," he said.

"What the hell's the difference?"

"Cheap is a term of quality. Inexpensive, on the other hand, is a term of price."

The customer looked confused. "Ah, I don't really care anyway," he said, and stomped out of the store.

The clerk gestured toward the window. "Dumb shits like that," he said, "what are you gonna do?"

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