Joe the plumber heads toward Obama’s house located in one of prominent locations of the city where people earn over $250,000 per year. Joe was called in to get the leaky pipe fixed under the sink.
Plumbing problems are not related to common people only, rather they can happen to anyone in any part of the world, since plumbing has become one of the basic needs of the people across the globe. Barack Obama, the president of the United States of America, in order to get his leaky pipe fixed under the sink, he calls Joe the plumber.
Having arrived at the house, Joe starts getting ready and takes out his tools, afterwards, He is taken to the room where the sink was located. After examining the problem for a few minutes Joe tells Obama who was standing near him, that the problem is not very big, and will hardly take over 10 minutes.
In response to Obama’s inquiry about the charges that the case would be solved against, He says, “$9,500”. Obama hearing the charges surprisingly says as you just said that it’s an easy repair then why would you charge $9,500 for easy problem. (Joe For America, 2013)
Replying him Joe says, “Yes, but what I do is charge a lot more to my clients who make more than $250,000 per year so I can fix the plumbing of everybody who makes less than that for free,” explains Joe. “It’s always been my philosophy. As a matter of fact, I lobbied government to pass this philosophy as law, and it did pass earlier this year, so now all plumbers have to do business this way. It’s known as ‘Joe’s Fair Plumbing Act of 2009.’ Surprised you haven’t heard of it.” (Joe For America, 2013)
Hearing this Obama refuses to get the problem fixed by Joe and pay that much. Joe without fixing the problem, leaves the house and as a result Obama had to look for another plumber who wouldn’t demand such a huge amount for an easy repair, but he finds none and Obama decides to live on without getting the leaky pipe fixed for the next couple of days, but this easy repair had become sever after a week that Obama had to place a bucket under the leaky pipe, as the capacity of a bucket is not much, Obama had to empty the bucket every hour, having got tired of the problem, since the problem needed fixing on urgent basis, Obama had no other choice but to call Joe and pay him as per his requirement.
Obama calls Joe again and requests him to return, Joe agrees and comes back but examining the leaky pipe again he says something shocking to Obama “Let’s see – this will cost you about $21,000.” Obama suddenly replied by saying “A few days ago you told me it would cost $9,500!” (Joe For America, 2013)
At this second visit of Joe at Obama’s house, more than doubled the amount and while explaining the reason as to what caused this dramatic increase in charges, he says, “Well, because of the ‘Joe’s Fair Plumbing Act,’ a lot of rich people are learning how to fix their own plumbing, so there are fewer of you paying for all the free plumbing I’m doing for the people who make less than $250,000. As a result, the rate I have to charge my wealthy paying customers rise every day.” (Joe For America, 2013)
He further adds and goes on to say “Not only that, but for some reason the demand for plumbing work from the group of people who get it for free has skyrocketed, and there’s a long waiting list of those who need repairs. This has put a lot of my fellow plumbers out of business, and they’re not being replaced – nobody is going into the plumbing business because they know they won’t make any money. I’m hurting now too – all thanks to greedy rich people like you who won’t pay their fair share.”
Learning this from Joe, Obama replies “Of course you’re hurting, Joe! Don’t you get it? If all the rich people learn how to fix their own plumbing and you refuse to charge the poorer people for your services, you’ll be broke, and then what will you do?”
Joe confidently replied “Run for president, apparently.” (Joe For America, 2013)
Joe For America. (2013, 12 19). Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink, so he calls Joe the Plumber to come and fix it. Retrieved 5 15, 2014, from http://joeforamerica.com/: http://joeforamerica.com/2013/12/barack-obama-discovers-leak-sink-calls-joe-plumber-come-fix/
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