A Smart Italian Joke

Young Mario lived in Italy and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.

The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day. The next day he drove up saying, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the donkey died.'

Mario replied,’ Well, then just give me my money back.'
The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I went and spent it already.'
Mario said, 'Ok, then, just bring me the dead donkey.'
The farmer asked, 'what ya gonna do with a dead donkey?
Mario said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.'
The farmer said, you can't raffle off a dead donkey!'
Mario said, 'Sure I can, I just won't tell anybody he's dead.'
A month later, the farmer met up with Mario and asked, 'What happened with that dead donkey?'
Mario said, 'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at $2 each and I made a profit of $898.'
The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?'
Mario said, 'Just the guy who won, so I gave him his $2 back.'

Mario now works for the government.

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