One night Nasruddin found the judge lying drunk in a ditch. Chuckling, he took the judge's brand-new shoes. They were just the right size!
The next day the judge complained that robbers had ambushed him. "They stole my brand-new shoes!" he yelled.
Nasruddin then strolled into court wearing the judge's shoes.
"Where did you get those?" the judge demanded.
"I met a drunken man last night, and he insisted I take them," Nasruddin replied with a smile. "Do you know who he is? I'll gladly return them. He was, I'm afraid, very drunk."
The judge glared at Nasruddin in reply.
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #48 in the book.