187. Tenalirama and the Chicken

"I demand justice!" the farmer shouted. "That man's cart ran over my chicken! I demand a thousand coins!"
"A chicken's only worth four coins!" the driver insisted.
"But that chicken would have laid hundreds of eggs. You haven't killed one chicken: you've killed hundreds!"
"That also means hundreds of chickens you don't have to feed," said Tenalirama. "One chicken eats fifty pounds of grain yearly, so hundreds of chickens..." Tenalirama calculated silently. "This man owes you a thousand coins for lost chickens, and you owe him seven tons of saved grain."
"I'll take the four coins," said the farmer quickly.

Inspired byFix Your Problems the Tenali Raman Way by Vishal Goyal
Notes: This story is on p. 69 of the book.

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