Everyone has a tale to tell about a horrid boss or a terrible first day at a new job. But for a salesperson, things can go south really quickly if you're not racking up sales.
This fictional story is about a brand new salesman suffering the terrible dilemma of being a smalltown boy in a big world and just trying to make an honest living.
Michael, a young guy from a small town in Montana, moved to New York. He walked into a large department store looking for a job.
He got an interview with the boss, who asked:
“Do you have any sales experience?”
“Yeah. I was a vacuum salesman back in Montana,” answered the young man.
The boss didn't think he was really qualified, but he liked the look of Michael, so he decided to give him a chance.
“You start tomorrow at 8.00. I’ll come down from the office after we close and see how you did,” he said.
Michael’s first day on the job was tough, but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down to the sales floor and gathered all the employees.
“How many customers bought something from you today?” asked the chief.
Michael frowned, looked down at the floor and muttered: “One.”
The boss shouted:
“Just one?! Our sales staff average 20 to 30 customers a day. This has to improve! And soon, if you’d like to continue working here. We have very strict standards for our sales force here in the big apple. One sale a day might have been acceptable in Montana, but you’re not in the countryside any more, boy. Get it together, or get out!”
The young man listened to the manager’s complaint but continued to stare straight at the floor. The boss felt bad for chewing him out on his first day, so he asked:
“Okay, how much was your one sale for?”
Michael looked up and answered:
The boss's mouth dropped open. Astonished, he said:
“$124,088.30?! What the heck did you sell?!”
The young man explained:
“Well, first, I sold him some new fish hooks. After that, I sold him a new fishing rod to go with his new hooks. I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down by the coast, so I told him he was probably going to need a boat."
"So, we went down to the boat department and I sold him the new twin-engine model we have. Then he said he didn’t think his little car would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him a 4×4 Dodge truck.”
The boss’s jaw was on the floor at this point, after a minute of silence he asked:
“So a guy came to buy fish hooks — and you sold him a boat and a new truck?!
“Not really. To be honest, the guy came in here to buy tampons for his girlfriend. But then I said, ‘Dude, your weekend’s already shot, you should go fishing.”
Michael was promoted on the spot…
via The Laugh Bible
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