• Mark Watson-Mitchell

Paddy bought a donkey - a tale of real enterprise

I thought that you might just like a moment of light relief as I recall a story told to me some years ago by an amusing old broking friend of mine.


Never short of a drink or two while standing at the bar, supporting it of course, he recalled a tale from his distant past.




Financial Planning explained by a very enterprising Irishman.


Paddy bought a donkey from a farmer for £100.


The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.


In the morning he drove up and said,

‘Sorry son, but I have some bad news. The donkey’s died.’


Paddy replied, ‘Well just give me my money back then.’


The farmer said, ‘Can’t do that. I’ve already spent it.’


Paddy said, ‘OK then, just bring me the dead donkey’


The farmer asked, ‘What are you going to do with him?’


Paddy said, ‘I’m going to raffle him off.’


The farmer said, ‘You can’t raffle a dead donkey!’


Paddy said, ‘Sure I can. Watch me. I just won’t tell anybody he’s dead.’


A month later, the farmer met up with Paddy and asked,

‘What happened with that dead donkey?’


Paddy said, ‘I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at £2 each and made a profit of £898.′


The farmer said, ‘Didn’t anyone complain?’


Paddy said, ‘Just the guy who won. So, I gave him his £2 back.’


Paddy now works for the Goldman Sachs.