An old man was very sad because he had mislaid his
favourite hat, so on impulse, he decided to steal one from
the church vestibule when morning service was on.
Unfortunately, the verger walked in just as he was about to
commit the deadly deed, so he was forced to attend the
service. Later, as he came out, he stopped to talk to the vicar.
“Thank you very much for that wonderful sermon on the ten
commandments. I had intended to steal a hat but after
listening to what you had to say, I decided against it.”
“Well, that makes my job worthwhile,” beamed the vicar. “I
suppose it was the commandment ‘Thou shalt not steal’
which stopped you stealing the hat?”
“Oh no, vicar. It was the one which said ‘Thou shalt not
commit adultery’. As soon as you mentioned it, I
remembered where I had left my hat.”