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    Black Robbers For anyone who didn't see David Letterman's take on this....

    (And it's a true story...)

    On a recent weekend in Atlantic City, a woman won a bucketful of quarters at a slot machine. She took a break from the slots for dinner with her husband in the hotel dining room. But first she wanted to stash the quarters in her room. "I'll be right back and we'll go to eat," she told her husband and carried the coin-laden bucket to the elevator.

    As she was about to walk into the elevator she noticed two men already aboard. Both were black. One of them was tall....very tall...an intimidating figure. The woman froze.

    Her first thought was: These two are going to rob me. Her next thought was: Don't be a bigot, they look like perfectly nice
    gentlemen. But racial stereotypes are powerful, and fear immobilized her. She stood and stared at the two men. She felt anxious, flustered and ashamed. She hoped they didn't read her mind but Gosh, they had to know what she was
    thinking!!!

    Her hesitation about joining them in the elevator was all too obvious now. Her face was flushed. She couldn't just stand there, so with a mighty effort of will she picked up one foot and stepped forward and followed with the other foot and was on the elevator. Avoiding eye contact, she turned around stiffly and faced the elevator doors as they closed.

    A second passed, and the another second, and then another. Her fear increased! The elevator didn't move. Panic consumed her. My God, she thought, I'm trapped and about to be robbed! Her heart plummeted. Perspiration poured from every pore.

    Then one of the men said, "Hit the floor." Instinct told her to do
    what they told her. The bucket of quarters flew upwards as she threw out her arms and collapsed on the elevator floor. A shower of coins rained
    down on her. Take my money and spare me, she prayed.

    More seconds passed. She heard one of the men say politely, "Ma'am, if you'll just tell us what floor you're going to, we'll push the button." The one who said it had a little trouble getting the words out. He was trying mightily to hold in a belly laugh. The woman lifted her head and looked up at the two men. They reached down to help her up.

    Confused, she struggled to her feet. "When I told my friend here to hit the floor," said the average sized one, "I meant that he should hit the elevator button for our floor I didn't mean for you to hit the floor, ma'am." He spoke genially. He bit his lip.

    It was obvious he was having a hard time not laughing. The woman thought: My God, what a spectacle I've made of myself. She was too humiliated to speak.. She wanted to blurt out an apology, but words failed her.

    How do you apologize to two perfectly respectable gentlemen for behaving as though they were going to rob you? She didn't know what to say.

    The three of them gathered up the strewn quarters and refilled her bucket. When the elevator arrived at her floor they then insisted on walking her to her room. She seemed a little unsteady on her feet, and they were afraid she might not make it down the corridor. At her door they bid her a good evening.

    As she slipped into her room she could hear them roaring with laughter as they walked back to the elevator. The woman brushed herself off. She pulled herself together and went downstairs for dinner with her husband.

    The next morning flowers were delivered to her room - a dozen roses. Attached to EACH rose was a crisp one hundred dollar bill. The card said:
    "Thanks for the best laugh we've had in years."
    It was signed;
    Eddie Murphy
    Michael Jordan

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    Got this a couple weeks ago in an e-mail, smiled a bit but didn't actually find it that funny

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    so does this mean

    that michael is on the down low with eddie?

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    totally not true
    U R B A N L E G E N D
    http://www.snopes.com/racial/mistaken/hitfloor.htm
    [Collected on the Internet, 1997]

    Origins: Next time your best friend swears this really happened to his aunt, remind him that this story has been around since the 1970s. A version popular on the Internet in 1999 starred both Eddie Murphy and Michael Jordan as a pair of unrecognized celebrities, in a rare double feature version of this legend.

    Variations:

    * Black male celebrities this legend has been told about include: Eddie Murphy, Reggie Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, O.J. Simpson, Mean Joe Greene, Michael Jackson, Jesse Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Jackie Robinson, and Michael Jordan.

    * The action happens in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or New York City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elq
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    totally not true.
    you mean Eddie Murphy and Michael Jordan don't give away $1200 to everyone they meet on an elevator?

    wuhloss.

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    that was funny
    "If they were appreciated for their personality in the first place, she would not have been told to get extensions or weave when she started out as a reporter. This whole thing would not have been an issue to begin with if these women were appreciated for what was in their heads and on on top it." - Hello BKLYN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystic Xtremist
    you mean Eddie Murphy and Michael Jordan don't give away $1200 to everyone they meet on an elevator?

    wuhloss.
    that's granted that they only gave a dozen roses.

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