Getting a Lawyer to Give to the United Way

The staff at a local United Way office realized that it had never received a
donation from the town's most successful lawyer.

The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to
contribute. "Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least
$500,000, 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 representative mumbled, "Um... No."

"Or," the lawyer continued, "that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and
confined to a wheelchair?"

The stricken United Way representative began to stammer out an apology but was
interrupted when the lawyer added, "Or that my sister's husband died in a
traffic accident?" the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "Leaving her
pennyless with three children?"

The humiliated United Way representative, 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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