Sunday, 7 December 2008


              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 five hundred thousand dollars, you give not a penny to charity. Would you not like to give back to the community in some way?’’
              The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, “First, did your 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, “” 
              “…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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