A young man has been hired by a company and turns up for his first day at work.
His manager greets him with a smile and then hands him a broom. The young man looks puzzled.
“Your first job will be to sweep out the office,” explains the manager.
The young man is indignant. “But I’m a university graduate!”
“Oh, I am sorry, I didn’t realise that,” says the manager.
“Here, give me the broom. I’ll show you how…”
A convict who is on the run ends up in the middle of a desert. He soon runs out of drinking water, and, hours later, is staggering about in the midday sun. Close to desperation he suddenly sees something in the distance. Hoping against hope there’ll be some water, he starts running towards what he thinks may be an oasis, only to find a little old man with a stand, full of colourful ties.
“Hey, do you have water? I need water!”
The old man replies: “I’ve already finished my water, but would you like to buy a tie? Any colour you like, just £5 each!”
Frustrated, the criminal starts shouting: “You idiot! Do I really look like I need a tie? I could kill you right here, but I have to find some water first!”
“Tut tut, no need for threats,” says the old tie salesman calmly. “But even though you don’t want to buy one of my ties and you treat me like this, I will help you. Just carry on walking over that hill for another couple of miles and you’ll find a restaurant with great food and all the ice-cold water you can drink. Good luck, mate!”
Cursing in disgust, the criminal staggers off towards the hill in the distance. Several hours later the salesman sees him crawling on the dune back towards him. When he finally arrives, he collapses in front of him gasping for breath.
“You alright?” asks the tie salesman as he bends over the other man to hear him rasp:
“They wouldn’t let me in without a tie.”