All that this elderly man wanted to do in his retirement was having some peaceful and quiet time now that he didn’t have to work anymore, and he wasn’t going to let some teenagers ruin it for him.
But as soon as he moved to the home where he wanted to spend his last years, he faced an unexpected problem in the form of a group of noisy amateur musicians.
Fortunately, he took his time to think an effective plan to get rid of these guys for good, and instead of asking them to go away he used money to convince them, but not the way you think.
A retired man purchased a home near a high school. He spent the first few weeks of his retirement in peace.
Then a new school year began. One afternoon, three loud young boys came down his street, beating merrily on every bin they came across.
The crashing sounds continued day after day, until finally the old man decided it was time to take some action.
The next afternoon, he walked out to meet the boys as they banged their way down the street.
Stopping them, he said: “You kids are a lot of fun. I used to do the same thing when I was your age. Will you do me a favor? I’ll give you each a dollar if you’ll promise to come around every day and do your thing.”
The boys were more than happy and continued to bang the bins. After a few days, the old man greeted the kids again, but this time he had a sad smile on his face.
“This recession’s really putting a big dent in my income,” he told them.
The kids were obviously unimpressed, but they accepted it and continued their afternoon activities.
A few days later, the man approached them again. “Look,” he said, “I haven’t received my payment check yet, so I’m not going to be able to give you more than 25 cents. Will that be okay?”
“That’s it?” the drum leader replied. “If you think we’re going to waste our time, beating these around for 25 cents, you’re nuts! No way, mister. We quit!”
And the old man enjoyed peace and serenity for the rest of his days.
What a way to use reverse psychology to trick these young men into doing exactly what he needed. He had the wisdom of age on his side and he truly outsmarted the aspiring musicians.
But not every student can be fooled so easily, and it doesn’t matter how young he or she is. Sometimes they prove they are smarter than the people who teach and manage them.
An example of this is one of our favorite jokes taking place at school, on which a second grader won his way to go straight to fourth grade after winning a challenge his teacher presented to him.
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