A local United Way office realized that it had never received a

A local United Way office realized that it had never received a donation from the town’s most successful lawyer. The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute. ‘Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn’t you like to give back to the community in some way?’ The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, ‘First, did our research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?’ Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, ‘Um…no.’ ‘–or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?’ The stricken United Way rep began to stammer out an apology but was interrupted, ‘–or that my sister’s husband died in a traffic accident,’ the lawyer’s voice rising in indignation, ‘leaving her penniless with three children?!’ The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, said simply, ‘I had no idea…’ On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again: ‘–so if I don’t give any money to them, why should I give any to you?!?’

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