The Dead Donkey
Morty Applebaum bought a donkey from an old farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the mule the next day. The next day, the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry, but I have some bad news. The donkey died."
"Well, then, just give me my money back," said Morty.
"Can't do that,” replied the farmer. “I went and spent it already."
"OK, then. Just unload the donkey."
"What ya gonna do with him?"
"I'm going to raffle him off."
"You can't raffle off a dead donkey!"
"Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead."
A month later the farmer met up with Morty and asked, "Whatever happened with that dead donkey?"
"I raffled him off. I sold five hundred tickets at two dollars apiece and made a profit of $998."
"Didn't anyone complain?" asked the farmer.
"Just the guy who won,” said Morty. “So I gave him his two dollars back."