Tom was a shopkeeper. He had a small corner shop. It was open from seven in the morning until eleven at night and sold many different things. Tom worked hard in his shop but he had a good business and he was happy.
Then a supermarket opened across the street. The supermarket was ten times the size of Tom's shop. The manager of the supermarket wanted to take Tom's customers away from him. He found out what Tom's prices were and then made his lower than Tom's.
People quickly stopped buying things from Tom's shop. They bought everything from the supermarket instead. Soon Tom's business was very bad and he was angry.
It's not fair,“ Tom thought. ”1 must do something to teach that supermarket manager a lesson.”
The price of steak in the supermarket was $5.00 a pound. Tom put a sign in his window,“Steak —— $4.50 a pound.”
The next day the price of steak in the supermarket was $4.25 a pound. Tom changed the sign in his window. “Steak —— $4.00 a pound.”