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8 types of gift-giving Scrooges

The Phalse Philanthropist
The Phalse Philanthropist

What's lower than not giving a seasonal gift? How about not donating to charity in someone's name, but saying you did?

That's right, that generous donation that your buddy made in your name to the Send Justin Timberlake to the International Space Station Foundation may have made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but the truth is, the scoundrel never parted with a dime on your behalf. Only a true Scrooge would appreciate the beauty of a non-gift that places him or her on a virtuous plain high above us materialistic mortals.

Three warning signs the contributions made on your behalf weren't on the up-and-up:

  • "I thought they were extinct."
  • The letter from your adopted, needy child in a developing country has your hometown postmark.
  • NBA on PBS?

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