Always learn the language of the business
The Mafia was looking for a new man to make weekly collections from all the private businesses that they were “protecting.” Feeling the heat from the police force, they decide to use a deaf and dumb person for this job. If he were to get caught, he wouldn’t be able to communicate to the police what he was doing.
On his first week, the collector picks up over $40,000. He gets greedy, decides to keep the money and stashes it in a safe place. The Mafia soon realizes that their collection is late, and sends some of their hoods after the deaf and dumb collector. The hoods find the collector and ask him where the money is.
The deaf and dumb collector can’t communicate with them, so the Mafia drags the guy to an interpreter.
The Mafia hood says to the interpreter, “Ask him where da money is.” The interpreter signs, “Where’s the money?”
The dumb man signs back, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
The dumb man tells the hood, “He says he doesn’t know what you’re talking about.”
The hood pulls out a .38 and places it in the ear of the dumb collector. “Now ask him where the money is!”
The interpreter signs, “Where is the money?
The deaf man signs back, “The $40,000 is in a tree stump in Central Park.”
The interpreter says to the hood, “He says he still doesn’t know what you’re talking about, and doesn’t think you have the balls to pull the trigger.”