Young Tom was an enterprising boy and had managed to save up and buy a horse from a farmer for $250. The farmer agreed to deliver the horse the next day. The next day, the farmer had some bad news for Tom. “Sorry son,” he said, “the horse died.”
Tom asked for his money back, but the farmer said he couldn’t since he had already spent it. “Just bring me the dead horse then,” said Tom.
Curious, the farmer asked Tom what he was going to do with it. “I’m going to raffle him off,” said Tom.
“You can’t raffle off a dead horse!” said the surprised farmer. “Of course I can,” Tom replied. “I just won’t tell anyone he’s dead.”
A month later, the farmer came across Tom at the market, :”What happened with that dead horse?” asked the farmer.
“I raffled him off,” said Tom. “Sold 500 tickets for $5 each, and made a profit of $2,495.”
“Didn’t anyone complain?”
“Just the guy who won,” said Tom. “So I gave him his five dollars back.”
Juan left his little village and became “John,” a businessman in the big city. After a lot of hard work, he hit it big.
He went back to his village and gave the villagers $100 each. The villagers were all happy, praising John for being a great guy.
The following year, John did the same thing. And then the year after that. On the fourth year, however, he only gave the villagers $50 each. The villagers asked John why they only got $50.
“I’m sorry, my friends,” said John, “but business wasn’t very good this year. My son just started college as well, so there’s less money to go around. It’s been pretty tough.”
After John left to return to the city, one of the villagers turned to another. “What a jerk,” he complained, “I can’t believe he’s sending his kid to college with our money!”
hahaha OK, now let’s go do some reading!
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