Three contractors were bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in Washington
D.C. One was from Bangladesh , another from Uganda and the third, from
They went with a White House official to examine the fence.
The Bangladesh contractor took out a tape measure and did some measuring,
then works some figures with a pencil. "Well", he says, "I figure the job
will run about $900. ($400 for materials, $400 for my team and $100 profit
The Chinese contractor also did some measuring and figuring, then says, "I
can do this job for $700. ($300 for materials, $300 for my team and $100
profit for me)".
The Ugandan contractor didn't measure or figure, but leans over to the
White House official and whispers, "$2,700."
The official says, incredulous, "You didn't even measure like the other
guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"
The Ugandan contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we
hire the guy from China to fix the fence."
"Done!" replied the government official
Ugandans are quite far!