Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Carwash and Discussion Questions

Car Washing Business with Discussion Questions

A man is approached by a beggar.  
"Hey, Boss.  I'm hungry and poor.  Can you spare $5 ?"
"I don't have $5 to spare but I'll pay you $5 to wash my vehicle.  Here is my automobile parked on my property.  That small building has buckets, rags, hoses, brushes, soap - everything you need to wash my automobile."

The newly employed man washed and shined until the Boss car looked magnificent - so good in fact that a neighbor stopped by and said, "How much for a car wash?"
"$10", replied the Boss.
"That is a fair exchange. Wash my car and I'll also inform my wife to bring her car here for a wash."

The man who started the day as a beggar left that evening with $15 in his pocket.  
"Come back tomorrow and we'll do it again" said the Boss.

The next morning started well. Another man saw the energetic labor and spoke to the Boss.  "I've got ten automobiles in my fleet that need frequent washing."  A deal was struck that day.

The former beggar brought a friend to work with him.  They split the $5 per vehicle but working as a team they were able to wash twice as many cars in a day.

A young lad approached the car wash.  "I'm small and efficient.  Let me clean the inside of each car while the outside is being washed."  
The lad was soon cleaning seats, carpet and dashboards for $1 per vehicle. 

The Boss now had two price points - $10 to wash the outside only or $12 for inside and outside.  His business thrived.


How soon before a nosy neighbor telephones the City Marshall to complain about the car wash up the street ?

What are the possible results of the Boss giving a job to a lad ? 

Was the Beggar treated unethically by the Boss ?

Will the Beggar get to keep the money he is earning or will it be taken from him ?
Is it possible in the USA to run a business in the described manner ?

Will Tony Soprano show up demanding payment ?

Which is preferable ? That the rich be made poorer or that the poor have access to opportunities to grow rich?


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an old idea and thinks it is his own." -- Sydney J. Harris

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-- W. C. Fields

"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular."
-- Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965)  Source: Speech, 1952


In the end there is only one real freedom... and that is whether or not we give ourselves -- freely -- to what each moment asks of us. -- Guy Finley



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