A Valentine’s Day Sales Pitch

Our daughter received an unusual Valentine. In her heart-adorned bag, our two year old found lollipops, Starbursts, tootsie rolls, notes from her pre-school classmates, and a business card from a realtor….

Sorry, what was that? Could that have been intentional? It must have been, because the pre-school put the bags on top of the kids’ cubbies, and instructed parents to put their children’s Valentines for their friends into their bags.  

So there wasn’t really an opportunity for something to drop into those bags accidentally. Some enterprising parent must have seen the opportunity to get her card in front of some prospective clients.  

That’s something you wouldn’t find in the UK.  Sales people seemed almost embarrassed to pedal their wares.  

When I suggested to a British friend who’s an art dealer that she start selling paintings as investments, instead of just as wall decorations, she said, “No, I couldn’t do that…” There was more of a sense of protocol there, for better or worse.

But here, it seems that anything goes. And with the real estate market in crisis, maybe that’s the way it has to be. I wonder if any 2 year olds used the card and gave her a call….

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