Area Woman Can’t Understand Concept of Suggested Donation

From The Onion

May 10, 2001 | ISSUE 37•19

NEW YORK–During a Tuesday visit to the American Museum of Natural History, Omaha resident Mary Stefano, 49, struggled to understand the concept of suggested donation. “So, if the sign says $10 is the suggested donation, that means I have to pay $10, right?” Stefano asked the admission-counter cashier. “Because, if you could pay less, why wouldn’t everyone pay less?” After the cashier explained that $10 is what most adults pay, but museum visitors have the option of paying more or less depending on their ability, Stefano replied, “But if I don’t pay $10, I won’t get to see the whole museum, right?” After another 10 minutes of queries, Stefano was escorted out of the museum by security.

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About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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