Donald recently got out of the military and is on his way home to Savannah, Georgia. He gets mugged and all his money and identification is stolen from him while he is in the nation’s Capitol, Washington, D.C. How will he ever get home when everything he owns is stolen?
A stranger offers to help Donald out, feeds him, gives him spending money, and let’s him stay with him at his penthouse home in this short story, The Lost Tourist Franchise by CLR Dougherty. Under his circumstances, Donald accepts this hospitality from this stranger, who soon shares his franchise business and invites Donald to join the business.
The Lost Touist Franchise business is where people wearing Luthers shirts pretend they’re working as tour guides, they find lost tourists and gently lead them in the direction of what they’re looking for. Even if they are led in the wrong direction, they’ll find someone else wearing the same shirt and be redirected again. This leads to hundreds in tips every day.
However, on his first day on his own, Donald is approached by someone who claims he’s an agent who will fine Luther because Donald doesn’t have a license. This agent turns out to be a fraud and took $50 from Donald. Then Donald begins to realize that he’s doing the same thing to these tourists, misguiding them.
What will be more important to Donald, the money he can make being a part of this franchise? Or just returning home to Savannah?
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