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The Cleaner

Grab a coffee and read this, it will put some perspective back into your

An unemployed man went to apply for a job with Microsoft thinking his
best chance was as a janitor.

The employment manager arranged for him to take an aptitude test per the
company guide line: (Section XYZ: Floors, sweeping and cleaning).

After the test, the manager said, "You will be employed at minimum wage,
$5.15 an hour. Let me have your e-mail address, so that I can send you
information and authorization to report for work on your first day.

Taken aback, the man protested that he had neither a computer nor an
e-mail address. To this the MS manager replies, "Well, then, that means
that you virtually don't exist and can therefore hardly expect to be
employed, certainly not at Microsoft!

Stunned, the man left. Not knowing where to turn and having only $10 in
his wallet, he decided to buy a 25 lb box of tomatoes at the
supermarket. Within less than 2 hours, he sold all the tomatoes
individually at 100% profit. Repeating the process several times more
that day, he ended up with almost $100 before going to sleep that night.

And thus it dawned on him that he could quite easily make a living
selling tomatoes. Getting up early every day and going to bed late, he
multiplied his profits quickly. After a short time he acquired a cart to
transport several dozen boxes of tomatoes, and acquired his inventory
wholesale only to have to trade it in again on pick-up truck to support
his expanding business.

By the end of the second year, he was the owner of a fleet of pick-up
trucks and managed a staff of a hundred former unemployed people, all
selling tomatoes in various communities.

Planning for the future of his wife and children, he decided to buy some
life insurance. Consulting with an insurance adviser, he picked an
insurance plan to fit his new circumstances. At the end of the detailed
conversation, the insurance agent asked him for his e-mail address in
order to send the final documents electronically.

When the man replied that he had no e-mail, the adviser is stunned,
"What, you don't have e-mail? How on earth have you managed to amass
such wealth without the Internet, e-mail and e-commerce? Just imagine
where you would be now, if you had been connected to the Internet from
the very start!"

After a moment of thought, the wealthy tomato dealer replied, "Why, of
course! I would be $5.15 an hour a floor cleaner at Microsoft!"

Moral of this story:
1. The Internet, e-mail and e-commerce do not need to rule your life.
2. If you don't have e-mail, but work hard, you can still become a
3. Seeing that you got this story via e-mail, you're probably closer to
becoming a janitor than you are to becoming a millionaire.
4. If you do have a computer and e-mail, you have already been taken to
the cleaners by Microsoft.


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