[Jokes] My Mark

McKenna, Chris (RDSSW) chris.mckenna at defra.gsi.gov.uk
Thu Aug 26 18:42:42 BST 2004

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Subject: My Mark

Paddy was looking for a job and heard that their was an opening for a
janitor at the local Lutheran church. He applied for the job and the
interview went very well. "You have the job," he was told, "just sign this
paper." Paddy made a big "X" on the paper. "What's that?" he was asked.
"That's my mark."

"You're supposed to sign your name."

"That's my mark," Paddy replied, "I cannot read or write."

"What? We're sorry to work here you have to be able to sign your name."

Well, Paddy finally got himself a job as a mate on a tugboat, and eventually
he became captain of his own tugboat. He did well for himself and eventually
had a fleet of ships of his own and became one of the wealthiest men in the
community. One day the mayor decided to honor him for setting such a good
example for other immigrants, and what they can accomplish with hard work
and ingenuity. The mayor says, "Paddy, we want to give you the key to the
city! Just sign this form." Paddy made a big "X" on the paper. "What's
that?" he was asked.

"That's my mark."

"Your mark?" The mayor asked.

"Ah, I cannot read or write, so that's my mark."

"You accomplished all of this not being able to read or write?" The mayor
exclaimed. "Just think what you could have done if you could read and

"Yes," Paddy said. "I could have been a church janitor."

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