This has to be the first time that the New York Times ever had a problem…

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This has to be the first time that the New York Times ever had a problem...

…with peo­ple spend­ing money that is not theirs to help oth­ers:

The cat­a­strophic earth­quake in Haiti has prompted many staffers to make dona­tions to aid quake vic­tims. We encour­age that. How­ever, if you have an AT&T cell­phone, you may have received a text offer­ing you a chance to make a con­tri­bu­tion to assist them by sim­ply tex­ting a num­ber. Remem­ber, how­ever, that if you have a company-​paid phone, that bill goes to the com­pany and is paid by the com­pany. it is not a per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion. So, Bill Schmidt reminds every­one that if you would like to make a con­tri­bu­tion, please use a method other than this one.

Let’s play a game: How many times can you re-​write the mes­sage above sub­sti­tut­ing the name of a dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment pro­gram each time for “Haiti” and “com­pany paid phone” and “paid by the com­pany” with “paid by the Amer­i­can Tax­payer” with­out repeat­ing yourself?

The only rule would be that it has to be a pro­gram that the New York Times sup­ports. I don’t think I have the bandwidth.

…with people spending money that is not theirs to help others:

The catastrophic earthquake in Haiti has prompted many staffers to make donations to aid quake victims. We encourage that. However, if you have an AT&T cellphone, you may have received a text offering you a chance to make a contribution to assist them by simply texting a number. Remember, however, that if you have a company-paid phone, that bill goes to the company and is paid by the company. it is not a personal contribution. So, Bill Schmidt reminds everyone that if you would like to make a contribution, please use a method other than this one.

Let’s play a game: How many times can you re-write the message above substituting the name of a different government program each time for “Haiti” and “company paid phone” and “paid by the company” with “paid by the American Taxpayer” without repeating yourself?

The only rule would be that it has to be a program that the New York Times supports. I don’t think I have the bandwidth.