The salesman, needing money to pay his income taxes, decided to burgle the safe in a nearby men's clothing store. On the safe door, the owner had left a note. It read, "Please don't use dynamite. The safe is not locked. Just turn the knob."
The salesman and part-time burglar did just that. Instantly a heavy sandbag fell on him,
the entire premises were floodlighted, and alarms started clanging. As
the police carried him out on a stretcher, he was heard moaning, "My
confidence in human nature has been rudely shaken.
Moral of the story. True sales professionals know that sandbagging
is an art form as well as an exacting science. Being able to make deals
appear out of thin air at the end of a quarter or after quotas have
been officially assigned, has been a much celebrated tradition passed
down from generation to generation by those skilled in the art of the
deal. If you are in sales and you do not know what sandbagging is;
you'd better start practicing the only closing line you'll need in your
future.... "Would you like fries with that?"
"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree." - Albert Einstein