Tickle Me Elmo
A new employee was hired at the Tickle Me Elmo factory and she duly reported for her first day of training, prior to being assigned a job on the production line. At 8:45 the next day the personnel manager received a visit from an assembly line foreman who was not in the least bit pleased about the performance of the new recruit.
The foreman explained that she was far too slow, and that she was causing the entire line to back-up, delaying the whole production schedule. Curious, the personnel manager asked to see what was happening and both men proceeded to the factory floor. On arrival they saw that the line was indeed badly backed-up – there were hundreds of Tickle Me Elmos strewn all over the factory floor, and they were still piling up. Virtually buried in a mountain of toys sat the new employee earnestly focused on her work. She had a roll of red plush fabric and a bag of marbles. The two men watched amazed as she cut a little piece of fabric, wrapped it around a pair of marbles and carefully began sewing the little package between Elmo’s legs.
The personnel manager began to laugh, and he laughed and he laughed and he laughed and it was some while before he could compose himself. After composing himself he approach the new employee failing to disguise his amusement and said, “I’m sorry,but I think you misunderstood the instructions I gave you yesterday…. Your job is to give each Elmo two test tickles.”