Despite how plainly dressed Dustin was, his confident and collected demeanor made people think twice about their opinions of him. They began to believe that he was either a regular braggart or someone who actually
had ten million dollars.
As everyone waited silently for the results, the restaurant owner walked over and said, “My apologies, sir, but the PIN was wrong, and the transaction failed.”
“Wrong?” Dustin was surprised.
Wasn’t his PIN 666666? Did he remember wrongly?
“What about the ten million you were talking about?” Chubster burst out laughing. “Why bother pretending if you’re poor? Did you think you could get away with it by acting? What a joke!”
“Tsk. Turns out he’s just a braggart. I nearly believed him.”
“I know, right? And it must be embarrassing to get your lie exposed like that.”
Everyone cast their mocking and disdainful gazes at him, believing that the wrong PIN was his excuse to escape from paying. There was no way they’d allow him to get the attention without paying the money.
“That’s such a stupid trick. Only you would use that kind of excuse!” Mike scoffed loudly.
“What kind of friend do you have, Abigail? He’s so shameless! Isn’t it bad enough that he’s poor? How could he pretend to be wealthy?” Nina sneered.
*Exactly. Who knew someone who looks as good as him would do something like that?”
The group Dustin was sitting with began chipping in with scornful comments, feeling ashamed.
“I told you not to act like a hero.” Abigail frowned, her face burning slightly.
Instead of responding to the mockery. Dustin turned to the owner and said, “If the PIN isn’t 666666, then it’s 888888. Try again.”
“Are you sure?” The owner raised an eyebrow, displeased. He was sure he was being toyed with.
“Yes.” Dustin nodded.
“Fine. I hope it’s correct this time.” The owner smirked before heading back to the counter.
“Pilt! Keep acting, then!” Chubster sneered. “Let’s see how long you can keep this up.”
“I guess someone people just don’t know when to give up,” Mike quipped.
“Doesn’t he find it embarrassing to keep up with the act when he’s already been exposed?” Nina humphed in disgust.
Dustin had clearly turned into a clown, and the onslaught of insults and jeers never stopped.
Just then, the owner rushed over anxiously and stammered. “I–it’s wrong, sir!”
“What? It’s still wrong?” Dustin frowned.
Those surrounding him burst out laughing this time.
“This trick again? Can’t you think of something new?”
‘I’ve met people who are shameless, but none who are as shameless as you!”
*Stop joking around. Get to your knees and start barking.”
“How shameful! Well, you had it coming.”
By then, Chubster, Mike, and everyone else was blatantly laughing at him.
“You’re all mistaken! It’s not the PIN that’s wrong; it’s the amount I keyed in!” The owner cried out, panicked. “I was supposed to key in ten million dollars, but I accidentally added another zero, and the amount became 100 million dollars! Worse, the transaction has already gone through, so I can’t fix it! I’m so sorry.”
Instantly, the room went pin–drop silent.