Bob and Harriet, a middle aged couple, were at the fair
When Bob saw a helicopter. He got all giddy and said “Harriet! Let’s ride the helicopter!”
Harriet: “Well how much is it?”
Harriet: “Oof that’s too expensive. $50 is $50, no matter what. We better not.”
So Bob gets disappointed and they leave.
Some years later they see the same helicopter again. Bob tried to convince Harriet to let them go, but she said “$50 is $50.”
Bob sulks off again, disappointed.
This cycle goes on for several years, with Bob wanting to ride the helicopter but Harriet saying “$50 is $50.”
When they’re in their 80’s, they see the helicopter at the fair again. Bob really badly wants to go and decides to convince her one last time.
Bob: “Look, we’re both old now. We may not live long enough to make it to the next fair. This might be our last chance!”
Harriet shakes her head and says “Honey, $50 is $50. It’s too expensive. I’m sorry.”
Bob’s face falls and he mumbles “okay” as they walk away.
Now the pilot of the helicopter has been watching this same couple come every year for the past couple decades and decides he wants to help them out. So he approaches the couple and offers them a deal: if they can stay quiet the whole time he’s flying, he’ll let them on for free. Harriet finally agreed and they go on the helicopter ride.
It was awesome! The pilot was doing all kinds of crazy moves: loop-d-loops, twirls, rolls, all kinds of stuff you thought a helicopter couldn’t do.
When they finish, the pilot is surprised. The old couple managed to stay quiet!
Pilot: “Wow! I thought for sure you guys would scream, but you didn’t! Congratulations, you got it free!”
Bob chuckles and says “Well I almost said something when Harriet fell out the window, but you know: $50 is $50.”