AAAH, CHARLIE DOES IT AGAIN BUT WITH AN OLD HENRY TWIST
Every morning, the Executive Director & CEO of a large bank in Manhattan walked by the corner where a shoe shine is located. He would sit on the couch, look at the front page of his Wall Street Journal while the shoe shiner polished and buffed his shoes to perfection.
One morning the shoe shiner asks the Executive Director: -"What do you think about the situation in the stock market?"
The Executive Director & CEO asks condescendingly, “Why are you so interested in the stock market?”
"I have a million dollars in your bank," the shoe shiner says, "and I'm considering investing some of the money in the market."
“What is your name?” –Asks the Executive.
The shoe shiner said proudly, “John H. Smith sir.”
The Executive Director & CEO arrived at the bank and asks the Manager of the Customer Service Department: - "Do we have a client named John H. Smith?"
"We certainly do” answers the Customer Service Manager, “he is a highly esteemed customer with a million dollars in his account."
The Executive Director & CEO immediately returns to the shoe shine stand and says: "Mr. Smith, I would like to invite you to be my guest of honor at our board meeting next Monday morning at 9 am. You will be our guest speaker and can tell us the story of your life. I am sure we will have something to learn from you."
At the board meeting, the Executive Director introduces him to the board members: "We all know Mr. Smith, who has the shoe shine stand on the corner but you probably didn’t know he is also our esteemed customer with a million dollars in his account. I invited him to tell us the story of his life. I am sure we can learn from him."
Mr. Smith began his story: “I came to this country fifty years ago as a young immigrant from Europe with an unpronounceable name. I got off the ship without a penny. The first thing I did was change my name to Smith. I was hungry and exhausted. I started wandering around looking for a job but to no avail. Suddenly I found a coin on the sidewalk. I bought an apple. I had two options: eat the apple and quench my hunger or start a business. I sold the apple for two dollars and bought two apples with the money. I also sold them and continued in business. When I started accumulating dollars, I was able to buy a set of used brushes and shoe polish and started polishing shoes. I didn't spend a penny on entertainment or clothing, I just bought bread, some cheese and water to survive. I saved penny by penny and after a while, I bought a new set of shoe brushes and ointments in different shades and expanded my clientele. I lived like a monk and saved penny by penny. After a while I was able to buy an armchair so that my clients could sit comfortably while cleaning their shoes, and that brought me more clients. I did not spend a penny on the joys of life. I kept saving every penny. A few years ago, when the previous shoe shine on the corner decided to retire, I had already saved enough money to buy his shoeshine location at this great place.
Then, three months ago, my sister, who was a prostitute in Chicago, passed away and left me a million dollars……….so I opened an account in your bank."