A charity has been trying to increase it’s donations from local companies, and they realized that one of the most successful lawyers in the city had never donated anything to them.
So they sent one of their representatives round to the lawyer’s rather lavish offices.
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 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 struggles to find the right words and mumbles, “Uh… Oh no, sorry I didn’t know that.’
“Secondly”, the lawyer continues, “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 is now practically in tears and begins to stammer an apology, but he is 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 is by now completely humiliated, says to the lawyer, “I’m so sorry. I had no idea about all the problems that you have been facing”.
Finally, the lawyer says 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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