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    The Fence Repair
    Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at Government House.
    One is from Auckland, another is from Wellington, and the third is from Ngaruawhahia.

    All three go with an official to examine the fence.
    The Auckland contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil.
    "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900, $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

    The Wellington contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700. That's $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

    The Ngaruawhahia contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the government official and whispers, "$2,900."

    The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys. How did you come up with such a high figure?"
    The Ngaruawhahia contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Auckland to fix the fence."

    "Done!" Replies the government official.

    And that, my fellow taxpayers, is how a Government Stimulus plan works - and retains the spirit of the Treaty
    The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates and a monthly salary - Fred Wilson.