Allegedly, a group of pandas in
a New York zoo normally get 4 bamboo stalks in the morning
and 4 in the afternoon. But since the zoo is hit hard by
the recent financial crisis, the authority decides to reduce
one stalk in panda's daily meal.
"You'll get 3 bamboos in the morning and
4 in the afternoon," the zookeeper announced to the
All pandas are
extremely upset, and consider the move having harmed their core
safety is the most important issue in our lives and we
firmly object your decision," the spokespanda protests
After several urgent meetings organised by
panda's elderly council, panda's assembly
congress and panda's militia committee, the spokespanda
further informs the zookeeper that pandas will suspend direct
eye contact with him.
"Please correct your wrong decision immediately
or we reserve the right to take further actions," demands
The zookeeper is rather stunned by pandas'
challenge which is unprecedented - normally these bamboo
fellows are easily to be pushed around - so he immediately
reported the incident to the authority.
director is angry at the first. "Who the hell
do they think they are? Who are the boss here? We feed
them or they feed us?"
The secretary of the treasury in the zoo quietly
replies, "It is us who feed them bamboos, Sir, but it
is them who feed us stakes, cars, mansions and holidays ...,
and if they further suspend eye contact with visitors, the
zoo might be driven into bankruptcy."
"All right, all right." The director
lingers. "I see your point." So he instructs
the zookeeper to amend the earlier decision.
"OK, guys," the zookeeper returns
to address the panda community, "after
a careful deliberation of your requests by the authority,
now I announce you'll have 4 bamboos in the morning and 3
in the afternoon?"
Hearing this, all pandas are delighted and
immediately resume their eye contact with the zookeeper.
The moral of the idiom: Often
a simple change of words can help you to seal a good deal
without making a real concession.