The mafia was looking for a new man to make weekly collections from all the private businesses they were 'protecting'. Feeling the heat from the police, they decided to use a deaf person for the job. That way, should he get caught, he would be unable to communicate to the police what he was doing.
During his first week on the job, the deaf collector picks up over $60,000. He quickly becomes greedy, decides to keep the money and hides it in a safe place. Realizing that their collection is late, the mafia sends some of their hoods after the deaf collector. The hoods find the deaf man and ask him where the money is. Since the deaf collector is unable to communicate with them, they drag him to an interpreter.
The mafia hood tells the interpreter, "Ask him where da money is." The interpreter signs "Where's the money?" to the deaf man.
The deaf man signs back, "I don't know what you're talking about."
The interpreter says to the hood, "He says he doesn't know what you're talking about."
The hood takes out a pistol, places it in the deaf collector's ear and says, "NOW, ask him where da money is."
Again the interpreter signs, "Where's the money?"
The deaf man signs, "The $60,000 is in Central Park. It's hidden in the fifth tree stump on the left from the West 78th Street gate."
The interpreter turns to the hood and says, "He says he still doesn't know what you're talking about and doesn't think you have the guts to pull the trigger!"