A keen country lad applied for a salesman's job at
a city depart ment store. In fact, it was the
biggest store in the world - you could get
The boss asked hem, "Have you ever had any sales
"Well, we were farmers. When my dad went into town
to sell the crop I always went with him."
The boss didn't know about that but he liked the cut
of him and said, "You can start tomorrow and
I'll come and see you when we close up."
The day was long and arduous for the young man, but
finally 5 o'clock came around. The boss duly
fronted up and asked, "How many sales did you
"One," said the young salesman.
"Only one, blurted the boss. Most of my staff make
20 or 30 sales a day. How much was the sale
"Three hundred thousand dollars," said the young man.
"How did you manage that?" asked the flabbergasted boss.
"Well," said the salesman "this man came in and I sold
him a small fish hook, then a medium hook, and
finally a really large hook. Then I sold him a
small fishing line, a medium one and a huge big
one. I asked him where he was going fishing and
he said down the coast. I said he would probably
need a boat, so I took him down to the boat
department and sold him that twenty foot schooner
with the twin engines. Then he said his Volkswagen
probably wouldn't be able to pull it, so I took him
to the car department and sold him the new Deluxe
The boss took two steps back and asked in
astonishment, "You sold all that to a guy who
came in for a fish hook?"
"No," answered the salesman, "He came in to buy a box of
Tampons for his wife and I said to him, "Your weekend's
shot, you may as well go fishing."