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The Consultant


A shepherd is herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand new
SUV advances out of a dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a
Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and a YSL tie, leans out of the
window and asks our shepherd, "If I can tell you exactly how many sheep you
have in your flock, will you give me one?"



The shepherd looks at the yuppie, then at his peacefully grazing flock and
calmly answers, "Sure. This I gotta see."



The yuppie parks the SUV, whips out his palm pilot, connects it to a cellphone,
surfs to a NASA page on the Internet where he calls up a GPS satellite
navigation system, scans the area, opens up a database and some 60 Excel
spreadsheets with complex formulas. Finally he prints out a 150 page report on
his hi-tech miniaturized printer, turns to our shepherd and says: "You have
exactly 1,586 sheep!"



"This is correct. As agreed, you can take one of the sheep," says the
shepherd. He watches the young man make a selection and bundle it into his SUV.
Then the shepherd asks, "If I can tell you exactly what your business is,
will you give me my animal back?"



"Okay, sounds fair," answers the young man.



"You are a consultant!" says the shepherd, emphatically.



"This is correct," says the yuppie, "How did you know that?"



"Easy," answers the shepherd. "You turn up here although nobody
called for you, you want to be paid for the answer to a question I already knew
the answer to, and, it's obvious you don't know shit about my business, because
you took my dog!"


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