Three Republicans and three Democrats plan to travel by train to Washington, DC, on business. At the station, the
three Republicans each buy a ticket and watch as the three Dems buy just one ticket between them.
"How are the three of you going to travel on only one ticket?" asks one of the Republicans.
"Watch and learn," answers a Democrat.
They all board the train. The Republicans take their respective seats, but all three Democrats cram into a restroom and close the door behind them.
Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the toilet door and says, "Ticket please."
The restroom door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.
The GOPs see this and agree it was quite a clever idea. So on the trip back, they decide to copy the Democrats on the return trip and save some money themselves. They still plan to claim the full fare on their expense accounts, but of course only incurred one-third the cost of the single ticket.
When the Republicans get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the Democrats are there, too, and they don't buy a ticket at all!
"How are you going to travel without a ticket?" says one of the perplexed Republicans.
"Watch and learn," answers a Dem.
When they board the train the three Republicans cram into a restroom. Soon after, the three Democrats cram into another one nearby. The train departs.
Shortly afterwards, one of the Democrats leaves the restroom and walks to the restroom in the next car where the Republicans are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, "Ticket please."