10,000 Tate Compasses
- Friday, June 24, 2005
A couple named Tate had had a life-long dream. They had always wanted to own and operate their own business, but they never knew what business to go into. Mr.Tate had always loved geography, however, so when they had enough money to open a business, they decided to open a business that manufactured compasses. They struggled with small orders, but one day landed the biggest order of them all: the Boy Scouts of America ordered 10,000 compasses from the Tate's.
Needless to say, the Tates were thrilled, but they weren't set up to manufacture so many compasses. They worked day and night, struggling to fill the large order. Finally, they completed he manufacture and delivery of the 10,000 Tate compasses. Unfortunately, in their rush to fill the huge order, they made a mistake. The blue-colored needle that was supposed to point to magnetic north pointed south instead.
This was a major mistake. The boy scouts took their new compasses on hikes, and many were hopelessly lost due to the faulty compasses. The boy scouts never bought another Tate compass.
After all, they reasoned: . . . .
. . . . "He who has a Tate's is lost."
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