Came across this at Craigs List and it made me smile.
Three contractors are bidding to fix the White House fence.
One from the Philippines, another from Mexico and an American.
They go with a White House official to examine the fence.
The American 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 Mexican contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says,
"I can do $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me."
The Filipino contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the
White House official and whispers: "$2,700."
The official, incredulous, says, " What? You didn't even measure like
the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"
"How do you expect me to consider your service with that bid?"
"Easy," the Pinoy explains, "$1,000 for you, $1,000 for me and we hire
the guy from Mexico".
The next day, the Pinoy got the contract.