A little Dublin mudslide goes a long way

Special to Metblogs from contributor Mik

For those of you who don’t already know, it’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s. What’s better than taking a little time out of your day, standing in the sunshine, chatting to coworkers, donating money to a good cause whilst waiting for a free ice cream cone? Nothing you say? Then clearly you weren’t waiting in line at the M Street location about an hour ago.

I’m not sure if all of the DC area B&Js are supporting the same charity, but there were volunteers from My Sister’s Place at the M Street location this afternoon. If you’ve wanted to get involved with volunteering but have lacked the right charity to volunteer for, please, please, please check out the website. My Sister’s Place is committed to helping battered women improve their lives, and the lives of their children. Giving just an hour of your time would mean so much to many people.

A volunteer walked the long line of people awaiting their free cone, collecting donations in a bucket. She approached a frail, hunched-over, old man standing to ask him if he would like to donate money to a shelter for battered women; his response: “No, I’m a batterer.” The volunteer handled the situation extremely well and told the old man that she hoped he was able to find help. My friends and I stood in shock whilst the volunteer carried on down the line not bothered by this crotchety, old man.

5 Comments so far

  1. Stacey (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 9:16 am

    Ummm… I enjoy tounge-in-cheek humor, but not that kind. I’d venture to make fun of most things in life, but I’m hard pressed to understand how that would be funny in any circumstance.

  2. Don (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    Some people just aren’t happy unless they’re shitting on the good-faith efforts of others…

  3. Mik (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

    It wasn’t supposed to be funny (Tom, the formatting is still screwed up on that one), but rather a big “hell yeah” to My Sister’s Place for all their efforts. We were shocked by the old man’s response.

  4. Stacey (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

    Mik: That’s what I’m saying, I didn’t make myself clear. The old guy’s response is what my comment referred to (I appreciate your “hell yeah” to My Sister’s Place).

  5. Mik (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 8:01 am

    Ah, now I see. I actually don’t think the old man was kidding, he gave such a deadpan delivery on that line.

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