The telephone company needed to hire four more telephone pole installers and the choice came down to two from Poland and two Irishmen.
So the boss met both teams and said, “Here’s what we’ll do. Each team will be installing poles out on the new road for a day. The team that installs the most poles gets the job.” Both teams headed right out.
At end of the shift, when the two Polish guys reported back, the boss asked them how many they had installed. They said it was tough going but they’d put in twelve.
Forty-five minutes later, Paddy and Mick came back in, totally exhausted.
“Well, how many poles did you guys install?” said the boss
Mick wiped his brow and sighed, “Paddy and me, we got three in. ”
The boss gasped, “Three? Those two Polish blokes put in twelve!”
“Yeah,” said Mick, “but did ya see how much they left sticking out of the ground.”