At the Supply Sergeant Military Surplus Store:

Me: I need to purchase a durable messenger bag, preferably in black.

Clerk {rummages behind counter}: Here’s a strong bag and there’s plenty of room inside.

Me: It needs to be reinforced on the bottom and sides, and it should have a wide strap.

Clerk: If you buy this bag, it should last you for years. The Israeli Army uses it and you can imagine what extremes they put it through.

Me: It’s for a twelve year-old girl in middle school.

Clerk: I’ll see you again next year for a replacement, then.


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