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Subject:  Re: Admission Is Free Date:  3/1/2004  1:16 PM
Author:  andrew61 Number:  401 of 1911

What are the ethics of taking advantage of "free" days and making low ball contributions in the above kind of situation?

For that matter, what are the "ethics" of taking advantage of public television if you don't pull out your checkbook when they hold their annual pledge drive? <grin> They're not funded entirely by taxpayers, you know -- they rely heavily on voluntary contributions.

I see nothing wrong with taking advantage of free Tuesdays at the Chicago Art Institute, as it's well-publicized that Tuesdays are free to "all". Their website points out that they're able to offer one free day a week "thanks to the generous support of Ford Motor Company".

As I'm retired, I can take advantage of free Tuesdays if I want to visit the Art Institute by myself. If I go with friends, however, they usually want to go on the weekend. I have to admit that on such occasions I do pay the full admission, as I personally would feel like a cheapskate if I didn't. I just threw that out there to show what's available, even in one of the nation's more expensive cities.

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