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“My parents gave $10,000 to charity and all I got was this lousy t-shirt”

Paul English has an idea about how to turn conspicuous consumption into a good thing….

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4 Responses to ““My parents gave $10,000 to charity and all I got was this lousy t-shirt””

  1. Give $10K to the Global Virtual Classroom, a project I’ve been helping out on, and I’m sure I can arrange for not only a $10 watch, but a t-shirt AND a ball cap to boot.

  2. It says something really odd about human nature that it’s easier to get people to pay $100 a plate for a dinner that raises funds for charity, than to get them to just spend $20 at the restaurant of their choice and send the charity $80.

  3. Please don’t take this personally, but this idea is yet another liberal, altruistic, we-can-make-the-planet-a-better-place spending fantasy.

    Wouldn’t it be great if everybody gave 10% of his or her net worth to charities, ANONYMOUSLY? hEY, don’t bogart that joint!

    Can you imagine the photos in the society pages of your local newspaper? Here we have Mr. and Mrs. VanArrogant sitting in McDonald’s, wearing their cheap watches, having just given a sizeable donation to the LWB (Liberals Without Birkenstocks) Fund. Dream on.


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