Tenalirama was traveling to the royal city. Rain began pouring down, so he sought refuge at an inn, hoping to dry himself by the fire.
But there were other travelers there already, and he couldn't even get close to the fire.
"Alas!" he shouted. "I've lost the royal money-bag! I must have dropped it when my horse slipped in the mud about a mile down the road. The king will be very angry!"
Everyone in the inn rushed out the door, hoping to find the lost money-bag.
Which of course did not exist.
Meanwhile, Tenalirama dried himself by the fire.
Inspired by: Fix Your Problems the Tenali Raman Way by Vishal Goyal
Notes: This story is on p. 101 of the book.