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by Abigail Van Buren

Cancer Patient Is Stunned by Woman's Tasteless Joke

DEAR ABBY: I work as a mattress salesperson. Often when I tell my senior customers about the 10-year warranty on a bed, they'll reply, "Oh, I doubt I'll be around that long."

At that point I'm usually at a loss for words. Any suggestions as to an appropriate response? -- SPEECHLESS IN SUFFERN, N.Y.

DEAR SPEECHLESS: Smile and say, "Then be sure to include the mattress in your will."