The local United Way office realized that it had never received a donation
from the town's most successful lawyer. The volunteer in charge of
contributions called the lawyer to persuade him to contribute. "Our
research shows that you have a yearly income of more than $600,000, yet
you don't give 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 then replied, "First of all,
did your research also show that my mother is dying from a long illness
and she has medical bills that are several times her annual income?"
Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, "Um...no."
"Secondly, 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: "Plus, 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
The lawyer interrupted again, "And I don't give any money to them, so why
should I give any to you?!"
Submitted by reader S.S.