The weekend assignment for the class had been for the students to sell something, then to 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 sales experiences.
Little Mary was the first student to stand up.
“I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30 Miss”, 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”, the teacher said.
Little Sally was the next student to stand up.
“I sold magazines”, Sally said. “I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them abreast of current events”.
“Very good Sally, that’s excellent”, the teacher said.
Eventually, it was little Johnny’s turn.
The teacher held her breath, dreading what little Johnny might say, seeing as how he had a terrible reputation for embarrassing his teacher.
Little Johnny proudly walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher’s desk.
“I made $2,467 Miss”, he said proudly.
“$2,467!”, exclaimed the teacher, “What in the world were you selling?”
“Toothbrushes Miss”, said! little Johnny.
“Toothbrushes?” echoed the teacher, “How could you possibly sell enough toothbrushes to make that much money?”
“Well Miss, I found the busiest street corner in town”, little Johnny said, “and I set up a Dip & Chip stand. I gave everybody who walked past the stand a sample. They all said the same thing: ‘Hey, this tastes like shit!'”
Then I would reply, “Correct, it is shit. Want to buy a toothbrush?”
Never trust little Johnny!
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