A sharp young man applied for a sales job at one of those super malls out in the state of Washington. The interviewer was so impressed with his interpersonal skills and decided to hire him immediately. Since the day was a Thursday, his boss decided not to waste any time and to have the young man show up on Friday and start right away in the sporting goods department.
The young man showed up promptly at the sporting goods section on Friday morning at 9:00 where his boss was waiting for him. After a brief training run, the boss felt confident to leave the guy on his own and told him that he would be back to check on him at the end of the day.
When 4:30 came the boss came back to check up on the new guy and asked how his day went.
"Well", started the salesman. "It was rough. I only made one sale today".
"What?" Asked his boss incredulously. "One sale? The average number of sales in this section is 20 per salesperson per day".
After a moment of silence his boss asked the salesman: "So how much was the sale?"
"Oh, 102,541.52", replied the salesman.
"What?" asked his boss looking around the sporting goods department. "What the hell did you sell the person? Nothing in here goes form more than 700 dollars".
"Well", started the salesman. "I sold some guy some small fishing hooks".
"Then I sold him some large fishing hooks".
"Then I sold him a rod, a reel and a net".
"Then I asked where he was going fishing and when he told me I said that you're going to need a boat, so I took him down to the boat shop and he bought one of those Grady White's and a boat trailer".
"After some conversation we decided that his Honda Civic did not have the horsepower to pull the boat so we went over to the car dealership and he bought an SUV so by the time that was done it was 4:25 PM and I had just enough time to get back here to see you".
"Wow!" Exclaimed his boss. "You sold him all that and all he came in here for was to buy a bunch of fishing hooks".
"Hell no!" Answered the salesman.
"The guy came in to buy a box of tampons for his wife and I told him: 'Dude, your weekend is shot. You may as well just go fishing'".