A kid from North Dakota moved to California and came by Motowearhouse looking for a job at our motorcycle shop. So I asked him, “Do you have any sales experience?” The kid says “Yeah. I was a vacuum salesman back in North Dakota .” Well, I was a little unsure, but I liked the kid and figured I’d give him a shot, so I gave him the job. “You start tomorrow. I’ll come down after we close and see how you did.”
His first day on the job was rough, but the kid got through it. After the store was locked up, I came down to the sales floor. “How many customers bought something from you today?” The kid frowns and looks at the floor and mutters, “One”. I was not real happy.
“Just one?!!? Our sales people average sales from 20 to 30 customers a day. That will have to change, and soon, if you’d like to continue your job here. We have very strict standards for our sales team. One sale a day might have been acceptable in North Dakota, but you’re not on the farm anymore, son.” The kid took his beating, but continued to look at his shoes, so I felt kinda bad for chewing him out on his first day.
“So, how much was your one sale for?” The kid looked up from the ground and said “$35,237.65″. I was astonished, “$35,237.65?!? What the hell did you sell?”
The kid says, “Well, first, I sold him some new socks. Then I sold him a pair of boots to go with his socks. Then I asked him where he was going riding and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need to get Goldwing, so we went down to the sales department and I sold him a new Aspencade with a trailer to pull behind it. I was pretty surprised to hear what had happened:
“A guy came in here to buy a pair of socks and you sold him a new Honda Aspencade?” The kid said “No, the guy came in here asking were the Sav-On drug store was so he could buy some tampons for his wife, and I said, ‘Dude, your weekend’s shot, you should go riding.’