I got a call from a colleague who said she needed a favor. I said I’d be happy to help if I could, expecting she needed assistance with a legal matter.
The favor, it turned out, was a “short term loan of $10,000.” Seems she invested in some business venture with a client (dumb and probably unethical) and lost “a ton” of money. She was asking a few attorneys she felt comfortable approaching for “small amounts each” to help her catch up on her bills.
Rudely and with an amazing lack of grace, I burst out laughing. I told her that I’d been hoping I don’t get any faxes for the rest of the day, as I was almost out of paper (among other things) and was putting off buying new supplies as long as I could to save money. I apologized for not being able to help her out of her jam, but $10,000 has never been, and probably never will be, a “small amount” to me.
I knew it was awkward for her to open up to me, but she obviously didn’t know me well enough to ask for $10,000. If she did, or even read this blog or my Huffington Post pieces, she’d know I am in a financial drought of 1020s Dust Bowl proportions.
I wonder if any other attorneys lent her money, and if so, how much she borrowed. And what the business deal was, and why it sounded good to her. I even was curious about how deep a financial hole she was in. But we didn’t chat much after I scoffed at her request. So I’ll never know… and neither will you.