Bakari is a house boy who every day drinks the wine of his Boss and puts water in the bottle to replace what he drank. But the Boss having suspicions as for the quality of the wine, he decides to buy pastis (a French wine that changes colour if you add water).

Bakari as usual, takes a mouthful and add water to replace what he drank. However, soon after he added water the pastis became milky.

When the Boss came back and noticed it, he was sure he had managed to nail Bakari as thief!!! At that same moment Bakari realized he was in trouble and decided to go into the kitchen.

The Boss told his wife that ‘Mary, you will see today, he will be obliged to acknowledge’. So he calls Bakari.

He shouted: ‘Bakari!’.
Bakari answered: ‘Yes, Boss’.
Boss: ‘Who drank my pastis?’.
No answer.
The Boss reiterated his question: ‘Who drank my wine?’
Still there was no answer.
Then the Boss went to fetch Bakari from the kitchen and said to him:

“Are you insane or what? Why when I call you, you say ‘yes boss’ but when I ask you a question you don’t answer me. Why?”

Bakari retorted that ‘Boss, when you are in the kitchen, you don’t hear anything at all, except the name being called out’.

To prove that Bakari was a liar, the Boss says to him: ‘You stay beside Madam here, I will go to the kitchen, and you ask me a question’.

Bakari accepted and the Boss went to the kitchen.

Bakari shouted: ‘Boss’.
He answered: ‘Yes, Bakari’.
Bakari continued: ‘Who goes to the maid’s bedroom when Madam is not here?’.
No answer.
Bakari shouted again: ‘Boss, I said who made the maid pregnant?’
No answer.
Bakari shouted again (third time): ‘Boss, I said who made the maid pregnant?’

The Boss returns from the kitchen running and says, “Bakari; it is true, you are right. When one is in the kitchen, one does not hear anything, only the name!”