Friday, October 24, 2008

Spreading the Wealth

A man and his wife went out for a nice dinner at a locally owned restaurant. Their waiter was sporting an "Obama 08" tie.

They ordered dinner and a nice bottle of wine, and enjoyed the excellent food and service provided by the waiter.

As they were preparing to leave the restaurant after having dessert, the man called the waiter over to the table and explained that they appreciated the good service and the excellent food, but were going to follow Barack Obama’s policy to spread the wealth around, and instead of giving the waiter a 15 percent tip, which would have come to about $15, he was going to give the waiter only $8, and give the rest to a homeless man who was camped out on the sidewalk outside the restaurant.

On the way to the car, the man dropped $7 into the homeless man’s bag.

The results of this exercise were that the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that he lost about half of his tip due to the customer’s decision.

Morale of the story: Redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in
theory than in practice.

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