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Who can you trust?

A few years ago, a desperate-looking 50-something-year-old guy flagged me down on Michigan Avenue, asking for my help.

He wasn’t homeless (at least he didn’t look it). He was well-dressed, well-groomed, and was frantically talking to someone in his bluetooth headset.

He explained that he’d just been discharged from the hospital and didn’t have the cash to buy a train ticket back to the suburbs, where his…



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Hassan S. Ali

Hassan S. Ali


I write comedy things. the ha & lol. Also a founding editor of Slackjaw on Medium.