Generous Lawyer

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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 him to persuade him to contribute. "Our
research shows that out of a yearly income of more than $600,000 you
give not 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, "First, Did your
research also 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."

"Second, 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 put off. "Third, that 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 idea..." On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again, "...And I
don't give any money to them, so why should I give any to you?!"

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