His first three jobs must have made him bristle. He was a trolley conductor in Boston, but was fired for taking unauthorized control of a motorcar and wrecking it. His next stint, as a stable hand, ended when he was careless with his employer's horse. Then, working as a messenger, he was dismissed by his own brother for losing packages. Finally, he became a salesman for a brush maker. The housewives he served groused about the cumbersome brushes; he relayed their gripes, but his bosses ignored him. So Alfred C. Fuller, the original Fuller Brush man, went into business for himself, giving the customers exactly what they wanted.