A women desperately looking for work goes into a factory. The
personnel manager goes over her resume and explains to her that he
regrets he has nothing worthy of her. The woman answers that she
really needs work and will take almost anything. The personnel
manager hems and haws and finally says he does have a low skill
job on the "Tickle Me Elmo" line and nothing else. The woman
happily accepts. He takes her down to the line, explains her
duties, and tells her to report at 8:00 AM the next day.
The next day at 8:45 there's a knock at the personnel manager's door.
The "Tickle Me Elmo" line manager comes in and starts ranting about
the woman just hired. After listening to how badly backed up the
assembly line is, the personnel manager suggests the line manager
show him the problem.
Together they head down to the line and, sure enough, Elmos are backed
up from here to kingdom come. Right at the end of the line is the
woman just hired. She has pulled over a roll of the material used for
the Elmos, and has a big bag of marbles. They both watch as she cuts a
little piece of fabric, takes 2 marbles, and starts sewing them between
The personnel manager starts laughing uncontrollably. Finally, he pulls
himself together, walks over to the new employee, and says: "I'm sorry.
I guess you misunderstood me yesterday. What I wanted you to do was
give Elmo two test tickles."