Tenalirama couldn't concentrate; boys playing ball outside his house were making too much noise.
"Ah, you bring back memories of childhood!" he said. "Wonderful! I'll pay you three silver coins each week to play here."
He paid them, and the boys were delighted.
The next week, he paid just two coins. "I'm short on cash today!"
The week after, he paid only one coin. "My own master hasn't paid me."
The third week, he paid nothing. "But I'll do my best to pay you next week if I can."
The angry boys deserted his street and never came back.
Inspired by: Fix Your Problems the Tenali Raman Way by Vishal Goyal
Notes: This story is on p. 37 of the book.