Desperate for money, Nasruddin put his winter coat up for sale, and he soon found a buyer.
"Wait here," the buyer said, taking the coat. "I'll be right back with the money."
But the man did not come back, so Nasruddin lost his coat and still had no money.
As he walked past the baker's shop, he quietly grabbed some pastries which he took home for supper.
"O God," said Nasruddin, "I need you to please pay the baker for these pastries! You can just take it out of the money the man still owes me for my winter coat."
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #47 in the book. In that story, Nasruddin is selling pots and pans, but it was easier to tell with him selling his coat.