Department Store Salesman
A bright country boy applied for a salesman's job at
a rather large city department store. The
store sold everything from clothing to
sporting goods to recreational vehicles and
everything in between.
The boss asked him,
"Have you ever been a salesman
before?" “Yes, I was a salesman in
the country" said the boy. The boss
liked the enthusiasm he saw and said,
"You can start tomorrow and I'll come
and see you when we close up shop."
The day was long and arduous for the
young man, but finally it was store closing
time. Just as he had promised, the boss duly
stopped by and asked, "How many sales
did you make today?" "One,"
said the young salesman. "Only
one?" blurted the boss, "most of
my staff makes 20 or 30 sales a day. How
much was the sale worth?"
"Two Hundred Fifty Thousand
dollars," said the young man. "How
did you manage that?" asked the 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 light fishing line, a medium line and a
I asked him where he was going
fishing and he said in the ocean.
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 truck
department and sold him the new Deluxe Step
Side Crew Cab Dually Truck."
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 boy
"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.'"
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