Nasruddin desperately needed a job. He visited every shop, every workshop, every warehouse seeking employment.
Finally, he came to the warehouse of a merchant with a shady reputation.
"Do you have any job openings?" Nasruddin asked.
"Well," said the merchant, "I am looking for a bookkeeper. How's your arithmetic?"
"My arithmetic is excellent!" said Nasruddin enthusiastically.
"I'll have to give you a test first. Are you ready?"
"How much is two plus two?"
Nasruddin thought for a moment and then said in a low voice, "How much do you want it to be?"
"You're hired!" said the merchant.
Inspired by: Mulla's Donkey and Other Friends by Mehdi Nakosteen
Notes: This story is on p. 111 of the book.