The thirsty tourist

A tourist was travelling alone in the desert. After two weeks his car stopped working. He got out and started walking. He was lost and he had no water. It was very hot and he became very thirsty. After five hours he saw a small tent in front of him. There was a woman in the tent. The tourist said to the woman,
“Water. Please sell me some water.”
“I’m sorry. I haven’t any water. I am taking ties to the market to sell,” the woman replied.
The tourist walked on. He became more thirsty. Two kilometres later he came to another small tent. There was an old man in the tent.
“Water. Please sell me some water.”
“I’m sorry. I haven’t any water. I am taking ties to the market to sell,” the man replied.
The tourist put his money back into his pocket and walked on. He was very, very thirsty and also very tired. One kilometre later he arrived at a third tent. There was a man with a beard in the tent. The man said,
“Do you want to buy a tie? I have many beautiful ties.”
“No. No. No,” shouted the tourist. “I need water. Please sell me water.”
“I’m sorry. I only have ties,” said the old bearded man.
The tourist fell to the ground and started to crawl. An hour later he saw a large hotel. It was an expensive-looking hotel. The tourist crawled to the door and took out all his money. He said to the doorman,
“Water! I will pay £100 for a glass of water.”
The doorman looked at the dirty tourist and said,
“I’m sorry, sir. You can’t come into the hotel if you are not wearing a tie.”


The thirsty tourist