First the Florida contractor took out his tape measure and pencil, did some measuring and said, "I figure the job will run about $900 --$400 for materials,$400 for my crew, and $100 profit for me."
Next was the Missouri contractor. He also took out his tape measure and pencil, did some quick calculations and said, "Looks like I can do this job for $700 --$300 for materials,$300 for my crew, and $100 profit for me."
Finally, the guard asks the New York contractor for his bid. Without batting an eye, the contractor says, "$2,700."
The guard, incredulous, looks at him and says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"
"Easy," says the contractor from New York, "$1,000 for me,$1,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Missouri."