Sunday, September 19, 2010

How to make friends and influence people

posted 05/19/08

Me: Hello?

Caller: Hi. I’m calling from the police association. We’re raising money to create a safer work environment and to create scholarships for youth. [Talk, talk, talk so I can’t get a word in edgewise.] This year, we’re having a celebrity basketball ga—

Me [very politely, even though I’m thinking, “Isn’t this what taxes pays for?”]: I’m very sorry. We won’t be able to participate. Thank you!

Caller: --but we have programs starting at just $20—

Me [again, very politely]: Thanks. Goodbye.

Caller: Well, you’ve been a big help.

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