Sensationalism

A humorous exchange I witnessed recently on the bus in David, the second largest city in Panama. A newspaper vendor stepped into the bus and was trying to move his product.

Vendor: Teacher found dead in David! Teacher found dead in David!

(prolonged silence)

Passenger: A teacher?

Vendor: A teacher! And they found another man dead as well. That’s two men dead!

Passenger: Two dead?

Vendor: Two!

Passenger: Alright then, I’ll take one. How much for the paper?

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