By Ken Poyner (born 1956).
First appearance: Daily Science Fiction, September 30, 2021.
Short short short story (2 pages as a PDF).
Online at Daily Science Fiction (HERE).
". . . got him flush in the back with a .38 slug."
"What's in a name?" soliloquized Juliet. In the future what's in a name could mean the difference between cashing out and cashing in . . . .
"Neither James nor his wife apparently knew it was James day."
"In the end, Ned collected the $450 for his catch."
"Most people resented the success of her secrecy."
- The idea that society could deteriorate as catastrophically far as the one in today's story was also memorably highlighted in Robert Sheckley's "Seventh Victim" (HERE).