New Sales Assistant A new sales assistant was hired at a large department store. On his first day, the sales manager took him around to show him the ropes. They were passing by the gardening section, when they heard a customer asking for grass seed. The sales manager stepped in. Sales manager: Excuse me, but will you be needing a hose to water your lawn? Customer: I guess so. I’ll take one. Sales manager: And how about some fertilizer and weed-killer? Customer: Um, okay. Sales manager: Here’s a couple of bags. You’ll also need a lawn mower to cut the grass when it starts growing too long. Customer: I’ll take one of those too. After the customer left, the sales manager turned to the assistant. “You see?” he said, “that’s the way to make a good sale. Always sell more than what the customer originally came in for.” Impressed, the assistant headed off for the pharmaceutical section, where he was to work. Soon, a man strolled in. Man: I’d like to buy a pack of Tampax, please. Sales assistant: Sure, and would you like to buy a lawn mower too? Man: Why would I want to do that? Sales assistant: Well, your weekend’s shot to hell anyway, so you might as well mow the lawn.