Setting: Twenty young people fresh out of highschool are applying for a job. They’re a typical class of students. Some are very academically minded. A couple are bullies who have been pushed along rather than passing on merit. The rest fall somewhere in between. An ability test is required of those applying. All are invited back three days later where they are informed that none of them passed the test. All have failed.
Employer: “As you know, not one of you passed the ability test. However I have decided to hire anyone who wants to be hired.”
Jordon: “What kind of nut-job is this?” Jordon muttered to Jaida who was beside him.
Employer: “None of you are qualified to work here. However, if you would like to work here raise your hands.”
While people looked quizzically at each other, four hands shot up; Bret, Baily, Marissa, and Amber’s.
Employer: “Thank you to the rest. You may go home now.”
Jaida: “Excuse me?”
Jaida: “Could we find out what our marks were?”
Employer: “Sure. Let me make some copies.”
After handing around papers that displayed all of the marks, the employer hears,
Amber: “But this isn’t fair. I only got 43 and Jaida got 86. Yet you’re giving me a job instead of Jaida!”
Jaida: “Ya and Bret only got 13 and you hired him!”
Employer: “Can’t I pick who I want to pick? Bret raised his hand and I hired him. What’s wrong with that?”
Jaida: “But I scored higher than either Amber or Bret!”
Jaida: “They failed!”
Employer: “The passing mark was 100. You also failed.”
Jaida: “They failed more than me. I did better than they did.”
Employer: “They raised their hands and asked to be hired. You just sat there.”
Jaida: But I need this job. We all do.
Employer: So why didn't raise your hands when the offer was on the table?
Jaida: I thought it was a joke. This is a joke. You’re a joke!
The employer shrugs and tells the ones he’s hired to follow him into a different room. The door locks.