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A vacuum sweeper salesman visited an Appalachian mountain community to sell sweepers. He had an excellent product, a powerful sales presentation and an apparent abundance of prospects. Climbing onto a porch he knocked on a cabin door. When the woman of the house opened the door, he thrust his arm over her shoulder and threw the contents of a large can of debri into the middle of the living room floor. Pointing to the mess he’d made, he smiled and said confidently, “Madam, if this sweeper will not pick up every speck of this filth, I will sit here and eat it with a spoon.” As he started unfurling the cord of his demonstrator, the old lady said, “Well, I’ll get you a spoon, because we ain’t got no power.”