The charity donations had been much lower than hoped recently and the charity was trying to increase it’s donations from local companies. One of the people who was checking the records, realized that one of the most successful lawyers in the city had never donated anything to them, not a single penny.
So, the charity sent one of their representatives round to the lawyer’s rather lavish offices to solicit them for a donation.
The representative opened the meeting by saying, “Our research shows that even though your annual income is over two million dollars, you don’t give a penny of that to charity. Wouldn’t you like to give something back to your community?”
The lawyer thought for a minute and then said to the representative: “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 representative struggled to find the right words and mumbled, “Uh… Oh no, sorry I didn’t know that.’
“Secondly”, the lawyer continued, “did your research show that my brother, a disabled Veteran, is blind, confined to a wheelchair and is unable to support his wife and six children?”
The representative was now practically in tears and began to stammer an apology, but he was cut off again by the lawyer.
“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 that has learning disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?”
The representative, who was by now completely humiliated, said to the lawyer, “I’m so sorry. I had no idea about all the problems that you have been facing”.
Finally, the lawyer said to him, “So, if I didn’t give any money to them, what makes you think I’d give any to you?”
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