“Dottoré, the reason why I am depressed is simple. But to explain it, I need an answer first. How much did you use to pay for a coffee?"
"Over the last few years, it was 80 cents, then 90 cents, and now one euro.”
"And what did you use to do with the 10 or 20 cents of change?”
"I usually left it on the counter as a tip.”
"There you are. Those 20 cents multiplied by the number of customers was between 5 and 10 euros a day of additional income … And I am a bartender! So why did I come to you, Dottoré? Because these simple calculations are the mathematics of depression!"
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