The shopkeeper of one of the discount furniture stores in los angeles was dismayed when a newly opened antique business much like his own opened up next door to the left and erected a huge sign which read BEST DEALS ON ANTIQUES.
He was horrified when another competitor opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading BEST QUALITY ANTIQUES AT THE LOWEST PRICES.
The shopkeeper was panicked, until he got an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop-it read…
Two furniture salesman are sitting at the bar commiserating. One says, “Man! If I don’t move some cabin furniture this month, I’m going to lose my ass.”
The second salesman says, “Watch your mouth! There’s a lady sitting next to you. I apologize for my friend, m’aam.”
The woman looks at him and says, “That’s OK. I’m a hooker. If I don’t move some ass this month, I’m going to lose my furniture!”
I work as a systems administrator, and part of my job involves answering questions about computers. I generally like my job, but sometimes it gets on my nerves. When people ask me what I find so irritating, this is what I tell them:
Imagine that you are a salesperson for Ikea (that’s a modern furniture store if you’ve never been to one). You get a phone call that goes like this.
Customer: I’d like to buy a kitchen table.
You: That’s fine; we have many styles of kitchen tables, I’m sure you can find one you like.
C: I need one that’s 3 feet by 5 feet and has a butcher block top.
Y: Yes, we have a table like that. You can pick it up today.
C: OK, how can I get it back to my house?
Y: Well, it comes disassembled, so you can just put it on a roof rack. We can loan you a roof rack if you don’t have one.
C: But how do get there?
Y: We’re just off exit 25 of the Turnpike. Where are you coming from?
C: Wait, wait, you’re going way too fast for me. I have a Ford in my driveway, and the keys are in my hand. What do I do next?
And, whatever you say at this point, the response is always the same:
C: But all I want is a kitchen table! Why does it have to be so *COMPLICATED*!