Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at Government House. They go with a Government House official to examine the fence. The Aussie contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well", he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Vietnamese contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Lebanese contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the Government House official and whispers, "$2,700." The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys!Â How did you come up with such a high figure?" The Leb whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the Viet to fix the fence." "Done!", replies the government official.