What goes around…

Old Abraham was a poor tailor whose shop was next door to a
very upscale French restaurant. Every day at lunch time,
Abraham would go out the back of his shop and eat his black
bread and herring while smelling the wonderful odors coming
from the restaurant’s kitchen.

One day, Abraham was surprised to receive an invoice from
the restaurant for “enjoyment of food.” So he went to the
restaurant to point out that he had not bought anything from
them. The manager said, “You’re enjoying our food, so you
should pay us for it.”

Abraham refused to pay and the restaurant sued him. At the
hearing, the judge asked the restaurant manager to present
his side of the case. The manager said, “Every day, this man
comes and sits outside our kitchen and smells our food while
eating his. It is clear that we are providing added value to
his poor food and we deserve to be compensated for it.”

The judge turned to Abraham and said, “What do you have to
say to that?”

Abraham didn’t say anything but stuck his hand in his pocket
and rattled the few coins he had inside.

The judge asked him, “What is the meaning of that?”

Abraham replied, “I’m paying for the smell of his food with
the sound of my money.”


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