On Heaven and Hell -

Or Sales Versus Service

There once was a guy who lived his whole life without ever taking advantage of anyone. In fact, everything he did was set up as a win-win situation.

One day while walking down the street he was tragically hit by a bus and he died. His soul arrived up in heaven where he was met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter himself.

"Welcome to Heaven," said St. Peter. "Before you get settled in, we need to make sure you are committed to us. Thus, we give you every chance to compare Heaven and Hell."

"No problem, just let me in." said the guy.

"Well, I'd like to," Peter said, "but I have higher orders. What we're going to do is let you have a day in Hell and a day in Heaven and then you can choose whichever one you want to spend an eternity."

"Actually, I think I've made up my mind...I'd prefer to stay in Heaven."

"Sorry, but rules are rules..." And with that St. Peter put the guy in an elevator and it went straight down to Hell.

The doors opened and the guy found himself stepping out onto the putting green of a beautiful golf course. In the distance was a country club and standing in front of him were all his old friends. They were all dressed in tuxedos, beautiful women on their arms, and they were all cheering for him. They ran up and slapped him on his back and they talked about old times. They played an excellent round of golf and at night went to the country club where he enjoyed an excellent steak and lobster dinner.

The Devil, who was actually a really nice guy, came over and offered him a Cuban cigar. Then he and all his pals loaded into a limo and went to the most amazing Dance Club he had ever been to.

H was having such a good time that before he knew it, it was time to leave. Everybody shook his hand and waved goodbye as he got on the elevator. The elevator went up-up-up and opened back up at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter waiting for him. "Now it's time to spend a day in heaven."

He spent the next 24 hours lounging around on clouds and playing the harp and singing. He had a great time.

Before he knew it his time up and St. Peter came and got him. "So, you've spent a day in hell and you've spent a day in heaven. Now you must choose you're eternity."

He paused for a second and then replied, "Well, I never thought I'd say this, I mean, Heaven has been really great and all, but I think I had a better time in Hell."

So St. Peter escorted him to the elevator and again the guy went down-down-down back to Hell.

When the doors of the elevator opened he found himself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth. He saw his friends were dressed in rags and were picking up the garbage and putting it in sacks. There were flames and horrible gases pouring out of the ground.

The Devil came up to him and put his arm around him.

"I don't understand," stammered the man, "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a country club and we ate lobster and we danced and had a great time. Now all there is a wasteland of garbage and everyone look miserable."

The Devil looked at him and smiled.

"That's because yesterday you were a Prospect and we were interested in Selling you on Us. But today, you're only a client."

Promises don't mean diddley. It's about what you get when it counts. Sun Life of Canada certainly doesn't seem to understand good customer service when it comes to closing things out. But it sure seems to do well when you are a Prospect.


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