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Mixing business with pleasure

I met a prospective new client today.  Half way through the meeting, as he stood up to fetch me a coffee, one of his colleagues muttered something to him, they both grinned, and then this happened.

"Chris, rub that plant"

"Eh?"

"It’s not a trick or anything, just rub it, it’s a lucky plant"

I am confused as hell, but I eventually oblige, expecting it to be a comedy vibrating plant, or to light up or start singing or something.

Instead, as I touch the leaves I notice a pound coin begin its trajectory upwards.

"Heads or tails?"

"Err… heads"

It lands on the floor – tails.  Apparantly I broke the plant.

He pulls a wad of money from his pocket and starts counting.

So I was only wearing three items of casino clothing today (Caesars jacket, Plaza shirt, Luxor socks – obviously I like to dress well for such meetings) but even if he’d noticed the subtle signs, I guess it’s wrong to offer me a piece of that action when he hardly knows me.

"So what happened?", I ask.

"You lost me a hundred and fifty"

I think the meeting went well otherwise.

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