A local charity once realised that it had never received a donation
from the town's most wealthy resident. The person in charge of
contributions called this man to persuade him to contribute and said,
"We have learnt that out of a yearly income of at least Rs. 1.5 million,
you have not given a cent to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to
the community in some way?"
The man mulled(thought) this over for a moment and replied, "First,
did you know that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has
medical bills that are several times her annual income?"
Embarrassed, the charity representative mumbled, "Um ... no."
The man interrupted, "or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is
blind and confined to a wheelchair? Or that my sister's husband died in
a traffic accident, leaving her penniless with three children?"
The humiliated charity representative, completely beaten, said
simply, "I had no idea..."
The rich man cut him off once again, "So, if I don't give any money
to them, why should I give any to you?"
As a stranger entered a little country store, he noticed a sign
warning, "Danger! Beware of dog!" posted on the glass door. Inside, he
noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor beside the cash
"Is that the dog folks are supposed to beware of?" he asked the
"Yes, that's him," came the reply.
The stranger couldn't help but be amused. "That certainly doesn't
look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the world would you post that
"Because," the owner explained, "Before I posted that sign, people
kept tripping over him!"
A pharmacist is going over the directions on a prescription bottle
with an elderly patient. "Be sure not to take this more often than every
four hours," the pharmacist says.
"Don't worry," replies the patient. "It takes me four hours to get
the lid off".