Fixin' a Deal -- Chicago Style

Fixin' a Deal -- Chicago Style


January 16th, 2009, 1:51 pm #1

This sounds about right:

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White
House -- One from Illinois one from Tennessee and a third from
Kentucky .. They all go with a White House official to examine the fence.

The Tennessee 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 Kentucky 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 Illinois contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans
over to the White House official and whispers, '$2,700.'

The official, incredulous, whispers back, 'You didn't even
measure like the other guys! How did you come up with
such a high figure?'

The Illinois contractor whispers back, '$1000 for me, $1000 for
you, and we hire that guy from Kentucky to fix the fence.'

'Done!' replies the government official.

And that my friends, is how it all works !

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January 16th, 2009, 5:26 pm #2

I can believe that. Just the other week there was a discussion on my broadcasters forum- someone ask why the NAB conventions where manufacturers show off their new equipment are never held in Chicago anymore. Several people explained that the unions drove them nuts- they had all sorts of rules saying only union workers could hook up "electrical stuff" even though they knew absolutely nothing about it- so the manufacturer reps had to stand there and show these duffers step by step how to connect the various cables and pay them big bucks to do it when they could have done job much better, faster and cheaper themselves.