Three contractors are at a theme park to bid for a job repairing fences – one is from New York, one from Texas and the third from Florida.
First to bid is the Florida contractor. He measures up and says, “Well, I reckon we’ll do the job for $900. That’s $400 for materials, $400 for the men, and $100 for me.”
Next is the Texan, who measures up and says, “I’ll do the job for $700, that’s $300 for materials, $300 for my men, and $100 for me.”
The man from New York doesn’t even stand up. He says, “$2700.”
The park owner, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure the job! How did you arrive at that price?”
“Easy,” says the New Yorker. “$1000 for you, $1000 for me, and we hire the Texan.”