The Best Salesman

A keen Texas lad applied for a salesman's job at a city department
store. The store was the biggest in the world and sold everything
under the sun.

"Have you ever been a salesman before?" the boss  asked during his

"Yes, I was a salesman in Texas," the lad 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 lad sitting,
slumped and exhausted, in a chair. "How many sales did you make
today?" the boss asked.

"One," said the lad.

"One?" said the boss, obviously displeased. "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 lad, "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

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 

"You sold all that to guy who came in for a fish hook?" the boss asked in 

"He didn't come in to buy a fish hook," the Texas boy 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.' "

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