The Best Salesman in the State

A young guy from California moves to Colorado and goes to a big department store looking for a job. The manager says, "Do you have any sales experience?" The kid says, "Yeah, I was named 'Best Salesman in the State' back home in California."

Well, the boss liked the idea of that, so he gave him the job. "You start tomorrow. I'll come down after we close and see how you did."

His first day on the job was rough but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down.

"So, Mr. Best Salesman in the State," the boss says, "how many sales did you make?"

The kid says, "One."

The boss says, "Just one?! My sales people average 20 or 30 sales a day! How much was the sale for?"

Kid says, "$101,237.64."

The boss is staggered -- that's more than what everyone together averages. "$101,237.64? What did you sell him?"

"Let's see," the kid says. "First I sold him a small fish hook. Then I sold him a medium fish hook. Then I sold him a larger fish hook. Then I sold him a new fishing rod. Then I asked him where he was going fishing, and he said down at the coast, so I told him he was gonna need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him that twin engine Chris Craft. Then I asked him what he was going to pull it with, and he said he had a Honda Civic. I told him that wasn't big enough for a boat that heavy, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him a new V8 SUV."

"Wow!" the boss said. "A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat and truck?"

Kid says, "No, he came in here to buy a box of tampons for his wife, and I said, 'Well, since your weekend's shot, you might as well go fishing.'..."

Posted July 13, 2007

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