Have a laugh

McIvor Times - - RABBIT STEW -

A United Way of­fice re­alised its most suc­cess­ful lo­cal lawyer had never given a do­na­tion to the or­ga­ni­za­tion. The per­son in charge of con­tri­bu­tions called the lawyer to per­suade him to con­trib­ute. ‘‘Our re­search shows that out of a yearly in­come of at least $500,000, you havent given 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 replied, ‘‘Did your re­search 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, ‘‘Um, no.’’ The lawyer in­ter­rupts, ‘‘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 again. ‘‘Or that my sis­ter's hus­band died in a car 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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