On Christmas Eve, Nathan thought it would be nice to buy his wife a little gift for the next day. Always short of money, he thought long and hard about what that present might be. Unable to decide, Nathan entered Dillard’s and in the cosmetics section he asked the girl, “How about some perfume?” She showed him a bottle costing $150.00
“Too expensive,” muttered Nathan.
The young lady returned with a smaller bottle for $75.00.
“Oh dear,” Nathan groused, “still far too much.”
Growing rather annoyed at Nathan’s meanness, the sales girl brought out a tiny $30.00 bottle and offered it to him. Nathan became really agitated, “What I mean”, he whined, “is I’d like to see something really cheap.”
So the sales girl handed him a mirror.
Source | unknown
A slightly different version
At the end of a long business trip, a man was searching for a gift to take home to his wife. “How about some perfume?” he asked the clerk. She showed him a bottle for 50.
“That’s too much,” he replied. So the clerk showed him a smaller bottle for 30.“That’s still quite a bit,” he complained.
Rolling her eyes, the clerk brought out a tiny bottle for 15. Again he shook his head. “What I mean is I’d like to see something real cheap.” With that the clerk handed him a mirror!
Source | Dennis R. Clark, Sunday Morning (1996).
PONDER AND CONSIDER
Does your mirror reflect scarcity or abundance?