By Robert Smith, RHS Class of ’57
Editor’s note: This is a story about the common-sense wisdom of Bubba, sent to us by Robert Smith, a local boy who is retired in Florida. We’re not sure where the story originated – Rabbit likes to brighten our day with quirky things he finds in his idle time (a significant quantity, we might say) but it’s the kind of humor we think Show Me Staters can appreciate.
He was from Missouri and he needed a loan, so …
He walked into a bank in New York City and asked for the loan officer. He told the loan officer that he was going to Paris for an international redneck festival for two weeks and needed to borrow $5,000 and that he was not a depositor of the bank.
The bank officer told him that the bank would need some form of security for the loan, so Bubba the redneck handed over the keys to a new Ferrari. The car was parked on the street in front of the bank. The redneck produced the title and everything checked out.
The loan officer agreed to hold the car as collateral for the loan and apologized for having to charge 12 percent interest.
Later, the bank’s president and its officers all enjoyed a good laugh at the redneck from the south for using a $250,000 Ferrari as collateral for a $5,000 loan. An employee of the bank then drove the Ferrari into the bank’s private underground garage and parked it.
Two weeks later, the Redneck returned, repaid the $5,000 and the interest of $23.07.
The loan officer said, “Sir, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out on Dunn & Bradstreet and found that you are a distinguished Alumnusfrom the University of Missouri, a highly sophisticated investor and multi-millionaire with real estate and financial interests all over the world. Your investments include a large number of wind turbines around Sweetwater, Texas. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?”
The good-old boy replied, “Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $23.07 and expect it to be there when I return?”