A keen Texas young man applied for a salesman’s job at a city big department store. “Have you ever been a salesman before?” the boss of the store asked during his interview.
“Yes, I was a salesman in Texas,” the young man answered.
The boss took an immediate liking to him and told him he could start the next day. “I’ll come and see how you made out after we close up,” the boss said.
The day was long and hard for the young man, but finally it was 5 o’clock. The boss closed up the store and found the young man sitting, slumped and exhausted, in a chair.
“How many sales did you make today?” the boss asked.
“One,” said the young man.
“One?” said the boss, obviously disappointed. “Most of the sales people on my staff make 20 or 30 sales a day. How much was the sale worth?”
“Exactly $101,334.53,” said the young man.
“How did you manage that?” asked the boss, flabbergasted.
“Well,” said the young man, “this man came in and I sold him a small fish hook, then a medium fish hook, and finally a really large hook. Then I sold him a small fishing line, a medium one, and huge one. I asked him where he was going fishing, and he said he was going down the coast. I said he’d probably need a boat, so I took him down to the boat department and sold him that fancy 22-foot Chris Craft with twin engines. Then he said his Honda Civic probably wouldn’t be able to handle the load, so I took him to the vehicle department and sold him a new GMC 1-ton pickup truck.”
“You sold all that to a guy who came in for a fish hook?” the boss asked in astonishment.
“He didn’t even come in to buy a fish hook,” the Texas young man explained. “He came in to buy a box of tampons for his wife, and I said to him, ‘Your weekend’s shot. You might as well go fishing.’ ”