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Sad but True (maybe)

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 $5.15 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

Taken back, 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
25lb 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 $5.15 an hour."

Which brings us to the moral:

Since you got this story by e-mail, you're probably closer to being a
janitor than a millionaire.

Sadly, I received it also.

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Well as clever as that story is, my reality is quite the opposite. If not for computers and email, I'd probably still be humping my tired old ass in construction, which is really not all that different than being a janitor. And if I ever stumble into something that would lead me towards millionaire status, the internet will have had something to do with it - I can pretty much guarantee it.
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