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The Beggar

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Once a wealthy man was waiting for a taxi when a beggar came along and asked him for some money.

The man ignored him, but being somewhat a professional, the beggar kept on pestering him.

The man became irritated when he realized that the beggar would not leave him alone unless he parted with some money.

Suddenly an idea struck the wealthy man.

He said to the beggar, “I do not have money, but if you tell me what you want to do with the money, I will certainly help you”.

“I would have bought a cup of tea”, replied the beggar.

The wealthy man said, “Sorry man. I can offer you a cigarette instead of tea though”.

He then took a pack of cigarettes from his pocket and offered one to the beggar.

The beggar told him, “Thank you for the offer, but I don’t smoke as it is injurious to health”.

The wealthy man smiled, then took a bottle of whisky from his pocket and said to the beggar, “Here, take this bottle and enjoy the stuff. It is really good”.

The beggar refused by saying, “Thank you but no. Alcohol muddles the brain and damages the liver”.

The wealthy man smiled again.

He then said to the beggar, “I am going to the race course. Come with me and I will arrange for some tickets and we will place some bets. If we win, you can just take the whole amount if you agree to leave me alone”.

As before, the beggar politely refused the latest offer by saying, “Sorry sir, I can’t come with you as betting on horses is a bad habit”.

Suddenly the man felt relieved and asked the beggar to come to his home with him.

Finally, the beggar’s face lit up in anticipation of receiving at least something from the man. But he still had his doubts and asked the man, “Why do you want me to go to your house with you”.

The man replied……….

“My wife always wanted to see how a man with no bad habits looks like.”

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