Dangerous Driving

Once upon a time there was a town where everyone hated their jobs so much they waited until the very last minute to leave for work in the morning.

Everyone left at exactly the same time, and everyone rushed as fast as they could. They honked their horns and blew through the yellow lights at the intersections.

Some people swerved around other drivers, changing lanes too fast and cutting off other drivers. Other people followed other vehicles too close because they were impatient.

Other people stuck up their middle fingers, played their car stereo as loud as possible, talked on their cell phones or brushed their hair and applied makeup in the rear-view mirror while they drove.

There were a lot of accidents in that town, but mostly in a few intersections that were coincidentally traveled by the people who drove to the most hated jobs.

The town decided to spend money on the roads. Nevertheless, the people still hated their jobs so much that they waited until the very last minute to leave for work in the morning, and nothing the city did to the roads made any difference.

The end.

GPS Inside Deal

Once upon a time there was a GPS navigator that gave directions to drivers very efficiently, saving the drivers time and fuel.

One day an executive at the GPS company had a brilliant marketing plan. He called up his contact over at the big oil company and the two of them hatched a scheme that would be unprecedented in human history.

The GPS executive proposed to the big oil company that the big oil company's logo could appear on the GPS navigator device when ever the driver came close to one of the oil company's gas service stations.

The big oil company executive thought that was a pretty good idea and he would agree to buy the advertising space under one condition: that the big oil company have editing rights to the driving route software.

The GPS executive though that was crazy, but then came back with "you can have editing rights so long as you don't make it so obvious that your competitors file a lawsuit against us. Why would you want to control where our drivers go?"

Big oil replied: "We want people to buy more of our gas, but if you insist on limiting our control, then we agree to make only minor changes."

From that day forward, drivers saw the one gas station's logo among the generic logos of gas pumps on their GPS navigator devices, and the drivers found themselves taking inexplicably longer routes with turns that seemed to lead them more frequently to stop signs.

The end.

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