Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Business Ethics

The kids filed into class Monday morning. They were very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship.

Little Sally led off, "I sold Girl Scout cookies and I made $30." She said proudly, "My sales approach was to appeal to the customer's civic spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success."

"Very good," said the teacher.

Little Jenny was next, "I sold magazines," she said, "I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events."

"Very good, Jenny," said the teacher.

Eventually, it was Little Johnny's turn. The teacher held her breath. Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher's desk.

"$2,467," he said. "$2,467!" cried the teacher, "What in the world were you selling?" "Toothbrushes," said Little Johnny. "Toothbrushes," echoed the teacher, "How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?"

"I found the busiest corner in town," said Little Johnny, "I set up a dip and chip stand. I gave everybody who walked by a sample. They all said the same thing, "Hey, this tastes like crap!" Then I would say, "It is crap. Wanna buy a toothbrush?"


mom said...

That is incredibly gross...even for you!

CrankyProf said...

I thought it was less gross than the "gob of brain" story...and more illustrative of business in general.

Of course, most businesses would prefer to tie you down and use a funnel to make you ingest shit.

John said...

I didn't think the Dip was all that bad!


Anonymous said...

thats awesome!

Bubblewench said...

OMG. hysterical!

Aunt Murry said...

I first heard this when I was a teenager. Still is one of my favorites.

Mango said...

ROFL!!!! That's hilarious. I love this new "gross" stuff you're sending us. It makes my day.