July 28, 2007
A friend sent me this story under the headline “Thaksinomics.” Credit where credit is due? You read the story and tell me whether you can come up with a better headline:
Three contractors..one from Thailand, another from Germany and the third from England are bidding to repair the White House fence.
They go with a White House official to examine the fence.
The English contractor takes out a tape and does some measuring..then works on some figures with a pencil. “Well,” he says, “I figure the job will cost $900 — $400 for materials and $400 for labour and $100 profit for me…”
The German contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says: “I can do this job for $700….$300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”
The Thai contractor doesn’t measure or do any figuring but leans over the White House official and whispers: “$2,700.”
The official incredulously says: “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?”
“Easy,” the Thai explains, “$1,000 for you…$1,000 for me and we hire the guy from Germany to do the work!”
From Thai Talk