This is bribery at its finest. You see, I live with Alex P. Keaton. However, money-hungry Monkey Man is a much cooler dressed version of Michael J. Fox’s character in “Family Ties.” My Alex wears Converse sneakers and would look at me like I lost my done-mind if I attempted to put a tie around his neck.
Monkey Man will do just about anything for money. He has written books and sold them to his grandparents for $9 a pop. He sweeps the floors for 4 minutes and expects $2. He will happily sell every toy he owns to make a few bucks. He asked us to sell his superhero and Star Wars action figures online and we give him the earnings. I love it because it clears out the toys that he doesn’t use. He loves it because he can roll around in his singles and cackle with joy. Thank God this child is not aware of “Gentlemen’s Clubs” yet. He would be armed and ready.
However, stuffed animals do not sell online or anywhere. Nobody wants someone else’s dusty stuffed animals that were sneezed on, slobbered on and very possibly puked on. But our problem, like many child-filled households, is that Monkey Man has the equivalent of the San Diego Zoo in his toy chest. He loves all of them, but some of them are buried and forgotten, just collecting dust that makes me have to buy more Allegra. Here is where my brilliant idea occurs:
Pay Monkey Man for his stuffed animals so that I can donate them! Yes! I’m a genius! Our school has a clothing drive coming up and they accept stuffed animals. I can get these cute and fuzzy guys outta here for a small fee. For every animal I pay for, Monkey Man donates one out of the kindness of his heart. It’s called incentive, people! He understands what it means to donate and help people, but I get many more from him when I give him a financial incentive.
Choose your price: I paid him $1 a piece, but some kids might accept a quarter or $.50. Trust me, if I could’ve gotten away with a quarter, I would have. Monkey Man turned on his heels when I suggested it and said, “No deal. I want $2,” then he said something into his blue tooth and rolled his eyes. I brought it up to $.50 and as Pawn Stars has taught him, he held at $1. I fully expect him to become a hostage negotiator or a lawyer.
With a little creativity and good old-fashioned bribery, those kids will clear out their toys chests in no time.