In The Hard Way, Reacher and Pauling try to find out who bought a chair they found. They eventually locate the correct vendor, an old man running his own store, who offers to tell them what he knows in exchange for five dollars. Reacher offers him two-fifty plus the chair.
Old man: Four bucks and the chair.
Reacher: Three bucks and the chair.
Old man: Three and a half and the chair.
Reacher: Three and a quarter and the chair.
Old man: (no response)
Pauling: Guys, please. (Pauling gives him ten dollars and the chair)