One day, a plain-looking man came with a pretty-looking office lady to
the LV (Louis Vuitton) store in Causeway Bay Hong Kong Island.
He chose an LV bag worth HKD 65,000 for the office lady. When it came
time to pay, the man took out a cheque book and wrote out a cheque.
The salesperson was hesitant because the couple hadn't shopped there before.
The man discerned what the salesperson was thinking and he said
calmly: "I sense that you are concerned that this cheque may bounce,
right? Today is Saturday and the banks are closed.
Let me suggest that I leave the cheque and the handbag here. When the
cheque clears on Monday, you can deliver the handbag to this lady. How
The salesperson was reassured and gladly accepted the suggestion. In
addition, he waived the delivery charges. He promised that he would
personally make sure that this gets done.
On Monday, the salesperson took the cheque to the bank. The cheque bounced!
The irate salesperson called up the client, who told him:
"What is the big deal? Neither you nor I have suffered any loss.
Last Saturday night, I went to bed with that girl already! Oh, by the
way, I thank you for your cooperation."
This story reveals the nature of the sub-prime mortgage crisis. When
people have high hopes for huge future returns, they lower thei r guard
about the potential risks.
This pretty girl thought that the HKD 65,000 LV bag was going to come
home on Monday, and so she lowered her guard. Therefore, she believed
that her investment in the ONE NIGHT STAND was worth it even though it
was based upon huge and highly uncertain risks.
Investment companies are great with packaging high return (but high
Stock speculators are like this pretty woman. As such,they deserve to lose money.
As for the media and the stock analysts, they often play the role of the LV sales person.