Understanding business is something important to teach children. But in this joke, a stockbroker learns that children cannot always be taught a lesson simply by telling them what to do and learn better from practical examples.
A stockbroker was walking down the street one day when he saw a little girl with a lemonade stand at which she was selling lemonade and homemade brownies. The man was on his way to an important meeting but decided he would support her business.
He had no idea that what he thought was going to be a sweet gesture of supporting a local girl in her business endeavor would turn into a lesson for him.
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He stopped and told her he would like to buy some lemonade from her and asked her how much one lemonade would cost. She smiled up at the man and told him that one lemonade would cost $10. The man was shocked at the price and didn’t think he had heard the little girl correctly.
He asked the little girl if she meant to say ten cents. However, she restated that she was selling the lemonade for ten dollars. The man couldn’t believe the lemonade was so expensive and told the little girl she would not have any customers if her product was so expensive.
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He tried to explain to her that she should bring her prices down to attract more customers because with her prices as they were, she would not sell anything. He added that she had lost him as a customer because she was too expensive. The man then asked how much the brownies were. The little girl replied that the brownies were ten cents each.
The man was shocked but decided that he would buy ten brownies so that he could still support the little girl. He also made sure she knew her profit margins were way off because it would have cost her much more to make the brownies than it did for her to make the lemonade.
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The little girl stood firm in her belief that she should be selling her lemonade for $10 a cup and did not bat an eyelid while she was packing up the brownies for the man to take away with him. The man then decided that he would eat a brownie while he was standing there with her.
He unwrapped the brownies and bit into one, but as soon as he did, he immediately regretted it. He began coughing and spluttering and spitting the brownie out as he could not stand the taste of it. Finally, he told the little girl that her brownies were terrible and asked what she put in them.
Brownies on a wooden tray with coffee and flowers on the side. | Source: Pixabay
She informed the man that the brownies were her special mixture of cocoa, eggs, flour, butter, goat pellets, and sawdust. The man is disgusted and tells the little girl that he simply had to get the taste out of his mouth. All the while, the little girl was silent and watching the man.
Eventually, the little girl spoke up, and the stockbroker realized that she understood business and profit margins much better than he had thought.
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The little girl grinned, cocked her head to the side, and innocently asked the man, “Well, sir, would you like a cup of lemonade?”