The kids filed back into class Monday morning.
They were very excited. Their weekend homework was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship.
Little Sally led off: "I sold biscuits and I made $30," she said proudly. "My sales approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success…”
"Very good," said the teacher.
Little Jenny was next:
"I sold magazines," she said. "I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events."
"Very good, Jenny," said the teacher.
Eventually it was Little Johnny’s turn.
The teacher held her breath as Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher’s desk.
"$2,467," he said.
"$2,467!" cried the teacher. "What in the world were you selling?"
"Toothbrushes," said Little Johnny.
"Toothbrushes?!" echoed the teacher. "How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?"
"Easy… I found the busiest corner in town," said Little Johnny. "I set up a Dip & Chip Stand and gave everybody who walked by a free sample. They all said the same thing."
"Hey, this tastes like dog shit!"
“Then I would say, It is dog shit. Guess you’ll wanna buy a toothbrush?"
"I used the Government’s strategy of giving them something shitty for free and then making them pay to get the taste out of their mouth."