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True Tales: July 2013

BY THE INSTORE TEAM

Published in the July 2013 issue.

We once had a gentleman in our store who
was visiting from Texas. He was saying to us (and
other customers in the store) how things were so
much grander in Texas. He claimed that back home
if he drove his car at 9.00 in the morning, it took
him almost to 1.00 in the afternoon before he got to
the end of his expansive property. Another gentlemen
who was here at the time looked at him and
said. “Well my property is about 100 yards in either
direction and you know what? I had a car like that
once!” – Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Manhattan
Beach, CA

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