One day, a seemingly poor boy, carrying a limp and wearing nothing but dirty clothes, entered a crowded salon.
As he did, the barber bent down to one of his customers and whispered in his ear.
He said: “That kid is the most stupid child in the whole city! Just wait, I’ll show you.”
The hairdresser retrieved a note from his pocket, one worth $100. In the other hand, he held two single dollar bills.
He then said to the boy: “Here, boy, pick a hand. Which one do you want?”
The youngster judged both hands carefully, before settling on the two dollar bills.
“Ha ha, what did I tell you?” the barber laughed. He turned and gave his customer a broad smile as the boy left.
“That idiot never learns.”
A short while later, the customer left the shop and went out into the street.
There, he spotted the kid sitting in an ice-cream shop just down the road.
Thinking something wasn’t quite right, the customer entered the ice cream parlor and said: “Hello, young man, I have a question for you.
Why do you always take the dollar bills and not the $100?”
The boy took a break from enjoying his ice cream, sat up straight with a smile on his face and replied:
“The day I take the $100 is the day this game ends.”