Keith Christopherson of Christopherson Wood Floors in Olympia, Wash., had an opportunity to play a prank on his dad that was irresistible:
“I’m the third generation in a family business. My dad does all the bids, and he always has like six silver Stanley measuring tapes in his truck console specifically for bids so that he is always prepared. I went on vacation to Canada and saw the exact same Stanley tape measures ... but they were metric. I couldn’t help myself: I got one and just dropped it in his console. It took like three months, but I finally saw the metric tape measure on his desk. I asked him about it, and, sure enough, he brought it into a bid and had to write everything down and then convert it. I fessed up, and he laughed a little but informed me it was seriously inconvenient to try to stay professional on a bid and try to convert metric. I thought it was funnier than he did.”
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