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The defendant describes the day of October 17th (enunciated Septober
octeenth): Donald feeds the pigeons outside until it rains, then takes a
lunchbreak in an exquisite French restaurant, the Cafe Chez Pierre. All
Donald wants is a cup of coffee, and as he strolls in, Pierre greets him
by removing his hat, making Donald relive the unfortunate circumstances
he suffered in 1937's Modern Inventions. (Unbeknownst to Donald, he was
already in hot water not noticing the $5 cover charge card on his table
after flaunting the nickel he carried with him.) Pierre makes his suggestions
in misunderstandable French but Donald still insisted on coffee, which he
received...in a microscopically small cup. Needless to say, it did not take
long for Donald to lose his cool.
As Donald beats up on Pierre, Pierre concedes to Donald's needs by going
on his way to get a real coffee cup, but Donald continues to show his frustrations.
Pierre counters in this ugly chess match by billing everything Donald
brought in for lunch! This included his ham sandwich, which Pierre changed
over to "on toast" when Donald places it on the candle's flame!
After Pierre bills Donald for an outrageous $35.99, Donald tells him
that he dropped something, but after Pierre exclaims that it was the bill,
Donald was clearly blown away. Pierre demands the money, which literally
blew Donald away, since he only had a nickel. Donald loses his temper again
and gets wrapped up in the tablecloth.
The defendant pleads to the judge that Donald was the victim, but the
judge found Donald guilty and ordered him to either pay a $10 fine or spend
10 days washing dishes; otherwise he is off to the slammer. Donald chooses
to wash dishes, coincidentally at the restaurant where all this happened!
Don't think Pierre got away with anything. Donald washes dishes while
breaking half of them in the process, getting Pierre so unraveled that he
pleaded for Donald to stop, plea bargaining to pay and/or feed him, but
Donald insisted on giving out his own punishment: "You heard what the judge
said! 10 days!"
The verdict on this cartoon? At least this was handled so much better
than the Presidential scandal. (Don't even get me started on that.)