A popular local dignitary had died and the church was full to
overflowing with people who had come to pay their last
respects. At the front of the church stood the coffin and just
as the funeral service was about to start, an escaped lunatic
jumped on top of it and started pulling at the clasp.
Immediately, one of the family hurried over and urged him
to get down. But he refused to move.
“Look, I’ll give you £20 to get off,” said the man desperately
but still the lunatic refused to move. Another member of the
family came over and offered him £40. The lunatic shook his
head. A third member came over and shouted, “Here, you
can have £100.”
“No,” said the lunatic confidently. “I’ll open the box.”