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Here’s another hilarious joke someone sent me that I turned into a motivational article. Please read on and have a good laugh!

The Fatal Arrangement:

Tired of constantly being broke and stuck in an unhappy marriage, a young husband decided to solve both problems by taking out a large insurance policy on his wife (with himself as the beneficiary) and arranging to have her killed.

A “friend of a friend” put him in touch with a nefarious underworld figure who went by the name of “Artie.” Artie explained to the husband that his going rate for snuffing out a spouse was usually $10,000, but he would do it for $5,000.

The husband said he would pay that amount but wouldn’t have any cash until he could collect it on his policy. All he could offer at this time was a single dollar bill. Artie rolled his eyes and reluctantly agreed to accept the dollar as a down payment for the dirty deed.

A few days later, Artie followed the man’s wife to the local Safeway grocery store. There, he surprised her in the produce department and proceeded to strangle her with his gloved hands. As the poor, unsuspecting woman drew her last breath and slumped to the floor, the produce department manager stumbled unexpectedly onto the scene.

Unwilling to leave any witnesses behind, Artie had no choice but to strangle the produce manager as well. Unknown to Artie, the entire proceedings were captured by hidden cameras and observed by the store’s security guard, who immediately called the police.

Artie was caught and arrested before he could leave the store. Under intense questioning at the police station, Artie revealed the sordid plan, including his financial arrangements with the hapless husband.

And that is why, the next day in the newspaper, the headline read:

“ARTIE CHOKES TWO FOR A DOLLAR AT SAFEWAY”

The moral of the story is, when it comes to important matters, don’t skimp!

All kidding aside, I’m just asking you an important question. Suppose you had to have emergency surgery that could save your life. Would you try to find the cheapest surgeon out there? I didn’t think so. You would want the best doctor available. Suddenly, cost is no object.

So why do most businesses try to find the cheapest person to help them promote their business? Especially when their company is flatlining. It’s plain ludicrous and doesn’t make sense, yet this always happens.

Then, when things go south, they sit there, scratching their head, wondering why.

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Trying to squeeze the nickel until it pops is short-term thinking. There’s nothing wrong with stretching the dollar as long as it brings value and doesn’t interfere with quality.

It’s funny; people taking shortcuts always seem to pay more in the long run because of the time and money spent redoing everything.

Savvy business owners know that long-term strategic thinking is their best option.

The next time you are trying to save a buck, not knowing how the work will turn out vs. spending a little more to get high-quality work, opt for paying a little more to get the job done right; you’ll sleep better at night.

If something is too good to be true, it probably is!

Steven Cohen