"Please, kind sir," he said, "could you possibly give me a coin or two?"
Nasruddin was indignant. "It's not at all proper for a rich man such as myself to give a beggar such a paltry sum."
The beggar bowed apologetically. "Please, kind sir, forgive my mistake," he said. "Could you possibly give me a hundred coins?"
Nasruddin became even more indignant. "It's not at all proper for a beggar like yourself to ask a complete stranger to give him a hundred coins!" he exclaimed.
And with that, Nasruddin continued on his way.
Inspired by: Mulla's Donkey and Other Friends by Mehdi Nakosteen
Notes: This story is on p. 107 of the book.