When the team is searching for Eggman Devices in southwestern Central City, they trace a signal to a shopkeeper who claims to have been tricked by a salesman named Sal. According to the shopkeeper, he bartered his Prized Stapler for a "coffee maker" that does not seem to work. In order to get the "coffee maker", which is emitting a signal, the team must find Sal in Green Hill Zone, retrieve the Prized Stapler.
The team heads to Green Hill Zone and finds Sal in the eastern area. Sal immediately greets the party, attempting to barter with them. Tails remarks that everything Sal is offering is "knickknacks and useless junk", and Sonic then tells Sal what the team is really after. Sal attempts to convince Sonic that he made a fair bargain with the shopkeeper, but receives a straightforward threat from Sonic. The threat works, and Sal hands over the Prized Stapler, stating that it was "too...shiny". The stapler was then returned to the shopkeeper, who gave them his Eggman Device.
- Due to the stapler's red color and it being prized, it is possible that it is based on a similar stapler from the 1999 film Office Space, which had a surge in popularity.
- Official in-game description.