Monday, August 21, 2006

An interesting story ...


I just heard a great story:

A boy encountered a rattlesnake in the woods. It was a cold day and the rattlesnake pleaded with the boy to pick him up and place him inside his shirt next to his body so that he could get warm. The boy said, "If I pick you up, you will bite me." The snake told the boy that if he would only get him warmed up he would not bite. The boy relented and put the snake inside his shirt to get him warm. Once the snake was warmed he bit the boy. The horrified boy said, "Mr. Snake, I thought that we had a deal. I warmed you up after you promised not to bite me and this is the repayment that I get." The snake replied, "But you knew what I was when you picked me up."


The lesson learned is, "Once a snake, always a snake"

I can modify that a bit:

A boy encountered a snake in the woods. It was a cold day and the snake pleaded with the boy to pick him up and place him inside his shirt next to his body so that he could get warm. The boy said, "If I pick you up, you will bite me." The snake told the boy that if he would only get him warmed up he would not bite. The boy relented and put the snake inside his shirt to get him warm. Once the snake was warmed he started to strangle the boy. The boy said with his last breath through his lungs, "Mr. Snake, I thought that we had a deal. I warmed you up after you promised not to hurt me and this is the repayment that I get." The snake replied, "Did I agree not to hurt you or not bite you?" And the snake tightened.


The lesson learned is, "A snake is a snake"

I had a customer service issue with a shady Mac dealer (Mac-Pro Systems in California) that had supposedly made good with me, when it came right down to it, they just proved to be the snake I thought they were.

[UPDATE] I posted this story elsewhere and got this reply:

Trust but verify!! Get the snake to put his promise in writing, then have your lawyer look the contract over, talk to the snake's lawyer (do snakes need lawyers?) and hash out details about how long it will take to warm up, what the ideal temperature is, what the snake will do if the boy has a skin condition that is passed to the snake, etc.

Then when the snake breaks the contract, there is a legal document that can go to court and prove the snake is really a snake. Of course, by that time the boy is a young man, he's in Harvard but is drinking heavily because he has this recurring nightmare of a talking snake.

And 20 years later, the Supreme Court will declare that the snake isn't a snake, it is a party to a legally binding contract and is therefore a person who has strangled the life out of a person. Or some such. All snakes will have to be tattooed with a sign that says they are not responsible for any contracts made with them because they are snakes.


The lesson learned: "Lawyers are snakes"

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