The receptionist answered the phone the morning after the CEO had unexpectedly passed away.
“Is Mr. Daulton there?” asked the caller on the phone.
“I am very sorry, but Mr. Daulton passed away last night,” the receptionist answered.
“Is Mr. Daulton there?” repeated the caller.
The receptionist was perplexed, “Perhaps you did not understand me. I am afraid Mr. Daulton passed away last night.”
“Is Mr. Daulton there?” asked the caller again.
“Ma’am, do you understand what I am saying?” said the exasperated receptionist, “Mr. Daulton is dead.”
“I understand you perfectly,” the caller remarked. “I just can’t hear it often enough.”