In his movie “The Jerk,” Steve Martin plays a simple man who receives much wealth from royalties on a patent. He is then besieged by people wanting a share of his earnings for various causes.
In one instance, he is talked into giving his money to stop the fictional practice of “cat juggling.” In another, a well-to-do man wept as he successfully begged for money to repair the leather upholstery on his private jet. How could anyone be so stupid as to donate money to such causes?
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