"I have to go out of town to take care of some business," the homeowner told the painter. "Can you handle painting the outside and the inside of the house?"
"No problem!" the painter said. "I'll take care of everything!"
When the homeowner returned a month later, he was shocked to see the whole house was painted grey! The entire outside and every room and fixture was the same color.
"Why on Earth have you painted every part of my house grey?!" the owner asked. "I provided you with several kinds of paint and many brushes!"
The painter grumbled, "Don't question me! I've been doing this for years! Believe me, grey is the best! Grey will keep you perfectly safe from those terrible termites!"
The homeowner noticed the painter had used only one large flat brush to paint the whole house. With the heavy flat brush, the painter had slopped paint all over the windows and floors. The owner also found out that while he was away, the painter had sold the owner's brushes and paints, keeping the money for himself. Even worse, the painter had hidden sugar around the foundation to attract termites.
"'Termites,' huh? 'Grey is the best,' huh? What nonsense!" the owner said. "THIEF! Get off my property!"
The owner then hired an artist he knew for certain wouldn't paint the whole house with one brush. The owner and his whole family lived in the house many years and later sold the house for a good profit.