Saturday, February 21, 2009

Business as Usual


Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in D.C.; One from Chicago, Illinois, one from Tennessee, and a third from Kentucky. They all go with a Washington official to examine the fence.

The Tennessee contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about nine hundred dollars. $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Kentucky contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for seven hundred dollars. $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Chicago contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700".

The surprised official whispers back, "You didn’t even measure like the other guys. How did you come up with such a high figure?"

The Chicago contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire that guy over there from Kentucky to fix the fence."

"Done!" replies Nancy.

2 comments:

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

So true, girl, so true.

Sad, that!

smartass said...

Things happen that way probably more often than one might suspect. But instead of a blatant cash kickback, it's usually more of a qid pro quo - like a campaign donation or something.

sasob