July 01, 2012


The United Way realized that it had never received a donation from the
city's most successful lawyer. So a United Way volunteer paid the lawyer a
visit in his lavish office.

The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, "Our research shows that even
though your annual income is over ten million dollars, you don't give a
penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give something back to your community
through the United Way?"

The lawyer thinks for a minute and says, "First, did your research also show
you that my mother is dying after a long, painful illness and she has huge
medical bills that are far beyond her ability to pay?"

Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbles, "Uh . . . no, I didn't know that."
"Secondly," says the lawyer, "did it show that my brother, a disabled
veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair and is unable to support his
wife and six children?"

The stricken United Way rep begins to stammer an apology, but is cut off

"Thirdly, did your research also show you that my sister's husband died in a
dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage and three children,
     one of whom is disabled and another who has learning disabilities
     requiring an array of private tutors?"

     The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, says, "I'm so sorry, I had
     no idea."

     And the lawyer says, "So. . if I didn't give any money to them,
 what the hell makes you think I'd give any to you?"

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