story prompt: Beanie Babies

This is one of my favorite prompts of all times. It’s worth revisiting.

Beanie Kangaroo Baby
Beanie Kangaroo Baby

At the border between United States and Canada, an irate father slugged a customs officer who was trying to pry excess Beanie Babies from his daughter.

The Economist 12/5/98

Is this the beginning of the story, or the end?

Is this guy a divorced father trying to win his daughter’s approval? Is his name George, Newman, Claude, Muhammed?

Is the customs officer an old girlfriend?

Is the kid manipulating her father or is she a pawn? Is her name Tiffany, Harriet, Meg, Susie?