A Roman general named Marcus Crassus created Rome’s first…

A Roman general named Marcus Crassus created Rome’s first firefighting crew with a team of 500 men. Upon arriving at the scene, however, the fire fighters did nothing while their employer bargained over the price of their services with the distressed property owner. If Crassus could not negotiate a satisfactory price, his men simply let the structure burn to the ground, after which he offered to purchase it for a fraction of its value.

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