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By Zoe Chow
Sunday, January 30, 2005

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I recieved this from a friend the other day via email and was taken with the moral of the story. It's worth the read.

An unemployed man is desperate to support his family of a wife and three
>kids. He applies for a janitor's job at a large firm and easily passes an
>aptitude test.
>The human resources manager tells him, "You will be hired at minimum wage
>of $5.35 an hour. Let me have your e-mail address so that we can get you in
>the loop. Our system will automatically e-mail you all the forms and advise
>you when to start and where to report on your first day."
>Taken aback, the man protests that he is poor and has neither a computer
>nor an e-mail address. To this the manager replies, "You must understand
>that to a company like ours that means that you virtually do not exist.
>Without an e-mail address you can hardly expect to be employed by a
>high-tech firm. Good day."
>Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and having $10 in his
>wallet, he walks past a farmers' market and sees a stand selling 25 lb.
>crates of beautiful red tomatoes. He buys a crate, carries it to a busy
>corner and displays the tomatoes. In less than 2 hours he sells all the
>tomatoes and makes 100% profit. Repeating the process several times more
>that day, he ends up with almost $100 and arrives home that night with
>several bags of groceries for his family.
>During the night he decides to repeat the tomato business the next day. By
>the end of the week he is getting up early every day and working into the
>night. He multiplies his profits quickly. Early in the second week he
>acquires a cart to transport several boxes of tomatoes at a time, but before
>a month is up he sells the cart to buy a broken-down pickup truck.
>At the end of a year he owns three old trucks. His two sons have left their
>neighborhood gangs to help him with the tomato business, his wife is buying
>the tomatoes, and his daughter is taking night courses at the community
>college so she can keep books for him.
>By the end of the second year he has a dozen very nice used trucks and
>employs fifteen previously unemployed people, all selling tomatoes. He
>continues to work hard.
>Time passes and at the end of the fifth year he owns a fleet of nice trucks
>and a warehouse that his wife supervises, plus two tomato farms that the
>boys manage. The tomato company's payroll has put hundreds of homeless and
>jobless people to work.. His daughter reports that the business grossed a
>million dollars.
>Planning for the future, he decides to buy some life insurance. Consulting
>with an insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan to fit his new
>circumstances. Then the adviser asks him for his e-mail address in order to
>send the final documents electronically.
>When the man replies that he doesn't have time to mess with a computer and
>has no e-mail address, the insurance man is stunned, "What, you don't have
>e-mail? No computer? No Internet? Just think where you would be today if
>you'd had all of that five years ago!"
>" Ha!" snorts the man. "If I'd had e-mail five years ago I would be sweeping
>floors at Microsoft and making $5.35 an hour."
>Which brings us to the moral of the story:
>Since you got this story by e-mail, you're probably closer to being a
>janitor than a millionaire.

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Reviewed by Judy Lloyd 1/30/2005
This is very interesting.

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