Red Skelton Gets Held Up

Comedian Red Skelton was robbed or burgled a few times in his life. Once, in Las Vegas, a man with a gun demanded all his cash. Red handed over the couple of hundred dollars he was carrying, but the man with the gun recognized him and said, “I wouldn’t rob you, Mr. Skelton.” But Red told him to keep the money: “You must need it, young man, or you wouldn’t have gone through all this trouble.” Red, who spent the early part of his career impoverished, did spend a lot of money during his life, but he sometimes did not part with it so easily. He once saw a painting he liked and asked the art dealer how much it cost. The art dealer replied, “Five thousand wouldn’t take that.” Red left, saying, “I’m one of the five thousand.”

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