The weekend assignment for the class had been to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship. As the children walked back into their classroom on Monday morning, they were all very excited and ready to report on their experiences.
Little Mary was the first one to stand up.
“I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30”, she said proudly. “My sales approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success.”
“Very good Mary”, said the teacher.
Little Sally was next.
“I sold magazines”, she said. “I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them abreast of current events.”
“Very good Sally, that’s excellent”, said the teacher.
Eventually, it was little Johnny’s turn.
The teacher held her breath, dreading what he might say, seeing as how he had a reputation for embarrassing his teacher.
Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher’s desk.
“I made $2,467”, he said proudly.
“$2,467!”, exclaimed the teacher, “What in the world were you selling?”
“Toothbrushes”, said! little Johnny.
“Toothbrushes?” echoed the teacher, “How could you possibly sell enough toothbrushes to make that much money?”
“I found the busiest street corner in town”, said little Johnny, “and I set up a Dip &Chip stand. I gave everybody who walked by a sample. They all said the same thing: ‘Hey, this tastes like shit!'”
Then I would reply, “It is shit. Wanna buy a toothbrush?”
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