John, a farmer in Rheenendal, bought a donkey from the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market for R500. The manager at the market agreed that he’d deliver the donkey the next day. True to his word, the manager drove up to to the farm in his truck the next day but said, “Sorry. I have some bad news. The donkey died.”
“Well, then, just give me the money back,” said John.
“Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.”
Rather than fight over money that was gone, John said, “OK, then. Just unload the donkey.”
“What you going to do with him?” asked the manager.
“I’m going to raffle him off,” said John the farmer.
“You can’t raffle off a dead donkey!”
“Sure can. Watch me. I just won’t tell anyone that he’s dead,” said John with a smile.
A month later, the two bumped into one another at the market. The manager asked John what had happened with that dead donkey.
“I raffled him off! I sold 500 hundred tickets at R5 each and made R2000 profit!”
“Didn’t anyone complain when they found out it was dead?” asked the manager.
“Just the guy who won. So I gave him his R5 back.”