Once upon a time in the Soviet Union Ivan bought a huge barrel of beer. Early in the gorgeous morning he put on a wall a large sign “FREE BEER” near the barrel.
Several people saw the sign and did not believe it. Then one brave young man came to Ivan and asked if it was a joke.
“No, it’s not a topic for a joke! Enjoy free beer!”
People were surprised and very happy.
Some of them said; “Let’s form a line and see that nobody breaks in.” They formed a line. One by one Ivan gave people in the line a large glass of beer. People thanked him and left.
In 15 minutes the line became very long. 10 more minutes passed and nobody could control it anymore.
People started to fight. Several were stabbed. Police arrived, dispersed the crowd and arrested several people including Ivan.
Then they interrogated Ivan:
— Why did you provoke the fight?
— I did not expect it to happen!
— Did you trade without a license?
— No. I gave beer free. There are many witnesses.
— Are you crazy?
— No, no! I am a good worker, a member of an union, have a wonderful family.
— Ok, Ivan. We let you go. Only tell us why did you spent your savings to give people free beer?
— You know, I am not a young man. I wanted to see how everything will be after the victory of communism!
Painting by JF