Dental Appointment

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Waiting in the waiting room to be called for my dental appointment, I was joined by a man - a fellow attendee. The receptionist came in and called out “Mr Greene?” I said “That’s me.” The other man said “That’s me.” The receptionist looked at us both and said “Mr Greene with an ‘e’.” I said “That’s me.” The other man said “That’s me.” The receptionist looked even more perplexed and said “Mr K Greene.” I said “That’s me.” The other man said “That’s me.” We looked at each other in amazement. I am Mr Kevin Greene and it turned out he was Mr Keith Greene. We both had a good laugh about this amazing coincidence and went on to have our respective dental appointments. I seriously considered buying a lottery ticket.
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Date submitted:Sat, 17 Jul 2021 10:49:44 +0000Coincidence ID:11427