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The Bump in the Rug
Three carpet installers pulled up in front of a house in
suburban Illinois where they were scheduled to lay
wall-to-wall carpeting on the first floor. The lady of
the house met them on the porch with her seven-year-old
"I have some errands to run this morning," she told the
men. "I should be back in two hours."
"That's fine," the foreman said. "We'll be finishing up
The woman and her little girl went off on their errands,
and the men went inside the house and got down to
It was a simple installation job. The crew finished in a
little over an hour, so they sprawled out on the new
carpet and relaxed until the woman returned. Then the
foreman noticed something.
"Damn it! Look at the bump in the corner."
"It's not a big deal, boss," one of the men said. "I'll
just tear up the corner and recut it."
The foreman glanced out the window and saw the woman's
car pulling into the driveway. "She's home. Just take a
hammer and pound that thing out."
After a couple of forceful blows of the hammer, the bump
was flat. And a moment later the mother and daughter
came through the front door.
"Mommy, I want to play with my hamster," the little girl
"You go ahead, sweetheart. I have to talk with these
The woman was delighted with her new carpet and that the
men had finished the job so quickly. While she was
writing them a check, the daughter came out of her
"Mommy, the hamster's gone. The cage door is open and
The mother picked up her daughter and kissed her
forehead. "These nice men are about to go, then you and
I will look for the hamster. Okay?"
"I don't suppose you saw a hamster around while you were
laying the carpet?" the woman said to the carpet
The three men looked at each other, then glanced over to
the corner. Where the bump in rug had been there was a
now a fresh, wet, little puddle of blood.