Possum Says: How to hire
The steps at the White
House need some repairs so bids are taken from carpenters from across the
country. First a carpenter from California looks it over. After a session of
measuring and figuring he presents his bid. "I can do it for $9,000," he says.
"I'd need $4,000 for materials, $4,000 for my crew, and $1,000 profit for me."
Next a carpenter from
Missouri does his measuring and calculating then says, "I'll do it for $7,000.
$3,000 for materials, $3,000 for my crew, and $1,000 profit for me."
Last a carpenter from
Brooklyn steps up. Without even looking at the job site he says, "I'll do it for
$27,000." Surprised at how high it is, the man taking the bids asks him to
explain it. "It's simple," he says. "$10,000 for me, $10,000 for you, and we
hire the guy from Missouri."