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.
The end of the line
2 years ago