As he was riding past an apple orchard, Nasruddin was seized by a desire for apples, so he led his donkey up to one of the trees.
Then, standing on the donkey's back, he reached up and grabbed hold of a branch.
Just as he was about to pick an apple, though, the orchard's owner came running up. This startled the donkey, who bolted and left Nasruddin dangling from the branch.
"Get down from there!" the man shouted. "I'm going to have you arrested for stealing my apples!"
"I'm no thief," Nasruddin shouted back. "I just fell off my donkey."
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #104 in the book.