Who SAYS It's Christmas BRIBERY?

Darcy Perdu of www.sothenstories.com

So then…he pours another glass of wine and asks, “Did everyone else get the anti-Christmas letter from Wal-Mart?”

We look up from our rubber-chicken dinners at this industry event -- and laugh at Richard’s question. 

We’re all salespeople for various auto accessory companies so we call on clients like Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, and automotive chains.

Todd, a sales guy from Atlanta, says, “Well, it’s not exactly ANTI-Christmas.  It just reminds us salespeople that we can’t give any gifts to our Wal-Mart buyers for the holiday.”

I say, “I told my Wal-Mart buyer that shouldn’t prevent HIM from getting ME a gift.”

They laugh.  Ten of us are eating dinner at this round table in the hotel ballroom, waiting for the speeches to start on the dais.

Nick, an older grizzled sales veteran (and a New Yorker), knocks back a slug of Jack Daniels and grouses, “It’s ridiculous.  What’s wrong with giving gifts to your clients?  We’ve done it for years -- and now all of a sudden, all these chains are telling us we can’t take our buyers to dinner, can’t take ‘em to shows, can’t –”

“Take ‘em DRINKING?” interrupts Todd.

More laughs.  Nick snorts.  “Hell, YEAH, take ‘em drinking!  What the hell else you gonna do in Bentonville, Arkansas, for God’s sake?”

Several of the men then (READ THE REST OF THE FUNNY STORY AT http://www.sothenstories.com/who-says-its-christmas-bribery )

-- Darcy Perdu

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