The 4 Companies

Employee:    Excuse me sir, may I talk to you?

Boss:            Sure, come on in.   What can I do for you?

Employee:    Well sir, as you know, I have been an employee of this prestigious firm for over ten years.

Boss:            Yes.

Employee:    I won’t beat around the bush.   Sir, I would like a raise. I
currently have four companies after me and so I decided to talk to you
first.

Boss:    A raise?   I would love to give you a raise, but this is just not the right time.

Employee:    I understand your position, and I know that the current
economic down turn has had a negative impact on sales, but you must also
take into consideration my hard work, pro- activeness and loyalty to this
company for over a decade.

Boss:   Taking into account these factors, and considering I don’t want to
start a brain drain, I’m willing to offer you a ten percent raise and an
extra five days of vacation time.  How does that sound?

Employee:  Great!   It’s a deal!   Thank you, sir!

Boss:  Before you go, just out of curiosity, what companies were after you?

Employee:  Oh, the Electric Company, Gas Company, Water Company and the
Mortgage Company!

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