So you can imagine my surprise when I received a letter from the University I graduated from thanking me for choosing to make them the beneficiary of my will.
Umm ... what the fuck?
The letter explained how grateful they were for my generous contributions, and how it would go to help future students of my alma mater by improving services and providing scholarship opportunities.
Screw that! I had to pay my own way through thank you very much, and let me tell you what with tutorial fees, HECS fees and text book costs it wasn't cheap! Not to mention the photocopying expenses. Holy crap, why doesn't anyone tell you how expensive photocopying is? So if I had to pay, why on earth should future students get the benefit of having me pay for THEM too!
The letter then went on, in what I can only describe as a fit of outrageous audacity, to say that seeing as I was considering forking over my life savings at my death, how about I consider giving some of it right now. I couldn't believe it! They thought (however erroneously) that I was choosing to give them all my money when I died, but rather than being grateful for the gift they actually had the nerve to say, "Yeah, we don't feel like waiting that long, and a hitman costs too much ... could you just give it to us now?"
Gobsmacked doesn't even begin to describe my reaction. How does one even respond to something like this? Part of me was tempted to grab the copy of my will I left in my family's safe and just double check that I didn't actually leave it all to the University. Who knows, it was an early morning meeting with the public trustee, maybe in a fit of sleep and caffeine deprivation I accidentally said "Leave everything to the University that charged me an arm and a leg to get a degree that I'll probably never use".
But no, today I received an email from the University, apologising for the letter. Apparently they sent a whole slew of them out to the wrong people, and now are trying to do damage control. The email said that they were very sorry, and they hoped it wouldn't discourage me from considering them in my will in the future.
So let me get this right, University. You want me to leave all my worldly possessions (and my superannuation account) to you in my will, so you can then send me regular letters begging me to give you more money before I croak?
Umm ... yeah, I don't think I'll be doing that.