This pilot fish is the box-office manager for an organization that needs an online application to do ticket sales.

Out goes a bid request. In come bids from three vendors.

"A committee evaluated the three vendors," fish reports.

"One vendor did not show up for the interview.

"One vendor showed up in blue jeans and t-shirt.

"The last vendor showed up with a staff in suits.

"Vendor 1 was rated 0 for its interface with our ticket system. Vendor 2 was rated 3 for the system interface, and vendor 3 was rated a perfect 5 -- by everyone but me, the box office manager, who realized that vendor 2 built our ticket system and would interface with it perfectly, but had the temerity to show up in jeans and a t-shirt..."

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