A tourist walked into a pet store and was looking at the animals on display.
While he was there, the Qantas Engineering Manager walked in and said to the shopkeeper, "I’ll take a maintenance monkey, please."
The man nodded, went to a cage at the side of the store, and took out a monkey. He put a collar and leash on the animal and handed it to the QF man, saying, "That’ll be $5,000."
The engineer paid and left with the monkey.
Surprised, the tourist went to the shopkeeper and said, "That was a very expensive monkey. Most of them are only a few hundred dollars. Why did that one cost so much?"
The shopkeeper answered, "Ah, that was a maintenance monkey. He can rig aircraft flight controls, score 95 on the Qantas selection and Development Course tests, and perform the duties of any maintainer with no back talk or complaints. It’s well worth the money."
The tourist spotted a monkey in another cage. "That one’s even more expensive, $10,000! What does it do?"
"Oh, that one is a ‘Maintenance Supervisor’ monkey! It can instruct at all levels of maintenance, supervise maintenance at the unit, intermediate, and heavy maintenance level, and even do most of the paperwork. A very useful monkey indeed," replied the shopkeeper.
The tourist looked around a little longer and found a third monkey in a cage. The price tag read,$100,000. The shocked tourist exclaimed, "That one costs more than all the others put together! What in the world could it do?"
"Well, I’ve never actually seen him do anything but drink beer and play with his pecker, but his papers say he’s a pilot."