Expensive Monkeys

Computer programmers sometimes refer to each other as “Code Monkeys” (pica código). Here is a joke that takes aim at consultants: A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on display.

While he was there, another customer walked in and went over to a cage at the side of the shop and took out a monkey. The shopkeeper fitted a collar and leash on the monkey and handed it over to the customer, saying, "That'll be €5,000." The customer paid happily and walked out with his monkey.

The tourist was amazed, turned to the shopkeeper and said, "That was a very expensive monkey. Most of them are only a few hundred euros. Why did it cost so much?" The shopkeeper answered, "Ah, that monkey can program very quickly with good code and no bugs. He’s well worth the money."

The tourist looked at the monkey in another cage. "That one's even more expensive - €10,000! What does it do?"

"Oh, that one can take strategic decisions, manage object-oriented programming, even some Java. He also knows about things like Supply Chain, Purchase-to-Pay and SAP. All really useful stuff," said the shopkeeper.

The tourist looked around for a little longer and saw a third monkey in a cage of its own. The price tag around its neck read €50,000.

He gasped to the shopkeeper, "That one costs more than all the others put together! What on earth does it do?"

The shopkeeper replied, "Well, I haven't actually seen it do anything, but it says it's a consultant."