"Look!" the baker said, pointing at the account book. "You owe me three silver coins."
Nasruddin nodded, looking at the account book. "I see my brother-in-law owes you five," he remarked. "I was on my way to see him just now; I'll get him to pay also!"
"Excellent!" replied the baker.
"He owes you five, and I owe three," Nasruddin said. "So you can give me two coins now, and that will square things."
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #100 in the book.