A truckie walks into a cafe on the Capricorn Highway out the back of Emerald with a full-grown emu behind him.
The waitress asks for an order.
The truckie says, “I’ll have a hamburger, chips and a coffee.” He turns to the emu, ‘What about you?’
‘Sounds good to me, I’ll have the same,’ the emu replies.
The waitress returns with the order. ‘That’ll be $9.40 please.” The truckie reaches into his pocket, pulls out the exact change and pays her.
The next day, the truckie and the emu return. He repeats his order, “a hamburger, chips and a coffee, please.” The emu repeats, “sounds good. Same for me, please.”
Once more, the truckie reaches into his pocket and produces the exact amount.
This is their routine for a couple of days. One night, the two enter again.
‘I guess you’ll have the usual?’ asks the waitress.
‘No, it’s Friday night. I’ll have a steak, baked potatoes and a salad,’ says the truckie. ‘Sounds great, same for me, too,’ says the emu.
The waitress brings the order and says, “That will be $32.65”
Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table.
The waitress can’t hold back her curiosity any longer. ‘You’ve really got me there, mate. How do you manage to always have the exact change every time?’
“Well, love,” says the truckie, ” a few years ago, I was cleaning out the back shed and found an old lamp. When I cleaned it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there.”
‘That’s brilliant!’ the waitress exclaims. ‘Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you’ll always be as rich as you want, for as long as you live!’
‘That’s right,’ says the truckie. ‘Whether it’s a carton of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money will always be there.”
Still curious the waitress asks, ‘But mate, what’s with the bloody emu?’
The truckie pauses heave a sigh and answers, “My second wish was for a tall bird with long legs and a well-rounded bottom who agrees with everything I say.”