The Mafia was looking for a new person to make weekly collections from all the private businesses that they were “protecting.”
Trying to avoid legal implications, they decided to hire a deaf person for this job, thinking that if he were to get caught, the police wouldn’t be able to extricate any information from him.
During his first week, the deaf collector accumulated over $50,000 in fees. Seeing all that money, he became greedy, decided to keep the money and hid it in a safe place.
Realizing that their collector had run off with the money, they sent their some of their muscle after the deaf collector. They were able to locate the deaf collector and dragged him to an abandoned warehouse for interrogation. They couldn’t communicate with the deaf collector, so they tied him to a chair and brought in an interpreter.
The Mafia interrogator instructed the interpreter to ask the collector where the money was.
The interpreter turned to the collector and signed, “Where’s the money?”
Signing in reply, the deaf collector responded, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
The interpreter turned to the interrogator and said, “He says he doesn’t know what you’re talking about.”
The interrogator pulled out a large gun and placed it on the forehead of the deaf collector. “NOW ask him where the money is!”
The interpreter signed, “Where is the money?”
Scared to death, the collector quickly signed, “The $50,000 is in Central Park, hidden in the rotten log behind the third park bench near the W. 78th St. gate.”
The interpreter thought for a moment and turned to the interrogator, “He says he still doesn’t know what you’re talking about, and doesn’t think you have the guts to pull the trigger.”
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