The parable of the Dead Donkey

A. R. M. ali at
Fri Aug 9 11:53:34 EDT 2002

 A city boy, Kenny [pseudonym] moved to the country and
 bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.00. The farmer
 agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.

 The next day the farmer came by to announce, "Sorry son,
 but I have some bad news, the donkey died." Kenny replied,
 "Well then, just give me my money back." "Can't do that.
 I went and spent it already," confessed the farmer.

 Kenny thought for a moment, then decided, "OK then, just
 unload the donkey."  The farmer asked, "What ya gonna do
 with him?" "I'm going to raffle him off." "You can't raffle off
 a dead donkey!" argued the farmer. "Sure I can," enjoined Kenny.
 "Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead."

 A month later the farmer met up with Kenny and asked,
 "What happened with that dead donkey?" Kenny proudly
 responded, "I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at
 two dollars a piece and made a profit of $898.00."

 The farmer was stunned. "$898.00? Hmm  Didn't anyone complain?"

 Kenny replied, "Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back."

 Kenny grew up and eventually became the chairman of Enron.

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