Deal 498: Oops

Fred watched with dismay as the drum tipped off of the burner, spilling forty gallons of hot ointment base across the shop floor, where it spread like a giant slippery ice flow under shelves and benches through most of the space.

The glimmer of hope was that the expensive and fragrant orange oil hadn’t yet been added to the batch, so the financial loss was not all that large.

While the slippery accident caused no lasting damage to the room, Fred never did live it down, and for the rest of his days would find dabs of ointment in unlikely places as mocking reminders.

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