Daily Flash Fiction Challenge 100: The Salesman’s Destruction

This is the 100th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.

The Salesman’s Destruction, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 11th March 2013

Word count: 795

The story:

“If you think this kind of behaviour is acceptable you are sorely mistaken. We do not con our customers,” the manager, Kirk Brentwood said furiously. “Have you any idea how much grief I’m getting over this? Head office wants to investigate thousands of sales, and for what?”

“It was a mistake,” Francis said, feeling hard done to, but trying to show contrition.

“I listened to the call, I’ve seen the quote records, and the sale record, are you really telling me that’s a mistake?”

“Yes,” Francis said, “I was just trying to be the best. It’s been a tough sales month.”

“Bullshit,” Kirk said, “That’s bullshit. You don’t want to be the best, that’s not why you’ve been top sales man this past three months. You want the extra five hundred pound bonus that goes with it.”

“No…” Francis started to say.

“Hey I don’t mind, your a sales person, I expect you to be after the rewards, hungry for the commission. We’re a sales company. But here’s the thing, you don’t cut corners. Right now we have a pissed off client, and to make this right, he’s going to end up with his order gratis. That comes out of my budget, and it makes head office nervous. They want to know about liability.”

“Nothing like this has ever happened before, it was just a mistake,” Francis defended himself.

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