Goes Back, b'y   Fixing the fence at 24 Sussex

Author: Don R. Wilkins

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at 24 Sussex. One from Alberta, another from Newfoundland and the third, Quebec. They go with a government official to examine the fence.

The Albertan contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well,' he says, 'I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew, and $100 profit for me.'

The Newfie contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, 'I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew, and $100 profit for me.'

The Quebec contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the official and whispers, '$2,700.'

The government official, incredulous, says, 'You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?'

The Quebec contractor whispers back, '$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the Newfie to fix the fence.'

'Done!' replies the government official.


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