Business Jokes

Itemizing the Bill

There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing
all mechanical things. After serving his company loyally for
over 30 years, he happily retired. Several years later his
company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible
problem they were having with one of their multi-million
dollar machines. They had tried everything and everyone else
to get the machine fixed, but to no avail. In desperation,
they called on the retired engineer who had solved so many of
their problems in the past. The engineer reluctantly took
the challenge. He spent a day studying the huge machine. At
the end of the day he marked a small X in chalk on a
particular component of the machine and proudly stated, 'This
is where your problem is!' The part was replaced and the
machine worked perfectly again. The company received a bill
for $50,000 from the engineer for his services. They demanded
an itemized accounting of his charges. The engineer responded
briefly: One chalk mark .. ..... ..... $1 Knowing where to
put it ..... $49,999

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