Business Fable # 78: The Dummy

A businessman and his barber were conversing when they both noticed a weird looking fellow skipping down the sidewalk. The barber whispered, "That's Ron, one of the dumbest kids you'll ever meet. Watch, I'll show you."

"Hey Ron! Come over here!" shouted the barber. Ron came skipping over, "Hey Mr. Burns."

The barber then pulled a shiny quarter and a rusty dime from his pocket and told Ron he could keep the one of his choice. Ron looked at them both for a few seconds, then quickly grabbed the dime from the barber's hand. The barber looked over at the businessman and said, "See that, I told you."

When the businessman's haircut was finished, he caught up with Ron and asked him why he chose the dime.

With a twinkle in his eye, Ron replied, "If I take the quarter, then the game is over."

Moral of the story: Playing dumb can be a profitable long-term strategy.

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