Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Humour - A Toe-Hold in the Banking Sector

One day Sidi Mustapha went to the Arab Bank Maroc in Fez with a large bag full of money.

Sidi Mustapha insisted on speaking to the President of the bank in order to open a savings account because, he said, he had a lot of money in Dirhams and US dollars.

After much discussion an employee took Sidi Mustapha to the office of the president - a man from a highly respected family.

The President of the bank asked Sidi Mustapha how much he wanted to deposit.

Sidi Mustapha said he thought it would be around 250,000 USD.

The Bank President was curious, so he asked Sidi Mustapha how he had saved such a large sum of money.

Sidi Mustapha said he made bets.

The President, quite surprised, asked: “Which kind of bets?”

Sidi Mustapha said: “For example, I bet you 25,000 US dollars that you can't wriggle your toes.”

The President started to laugh and pointed out that this kind of bet was impossible to win!

Sidi Mustapha replied: “Would you like to make a bet?”

“Certainly,” answered the President, “I can guarantee you that I can wriggle my toes.”

Sidi Mustapha nodded then said, “Given the size of the bet, I’ll come back tomorrow at 10am with my lawyer as a witness, if it’s alright with you.”

“No problem,” said the President.

That evening, the President became very nervous about the bet and spent a long time in front of his mirror examining his toes, turning them in all directions, again and again, in order to make sure that his toes could be wriggled and therefore be sure to win this bet.

On the next day, 10am sharp, Sidi Mustapha arrived with his lawyer at the office of the President.

The president then removed his shoes and wriggled his toes so that Sidi Mustapha and his lawyer could see everything.

Sidi Mustapha came closer and asked him if he could touch them.

“Of course please do!” said the President, given the fact that there was so much money involved, “you must be 100% sure.”

Sidi Mustapha, smiling, started to do so.

The President looked up to see the lawyer banging his head against the wall.

He asked Sidi Mustapha “What is he doing?”

Sidi Mustapha answered: “It’s probably because I bet him $100,000 that around 10am today, I would be holding the toes of the President of the Arab Bank Maroc in my hands!”

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