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An Analysis of a Major Gift Ask to a Drug Kingpin

In season three of HBO's The Wire, Dennis "Cutty" Wise has just been released from prison and is struggling to go straight. His dream is to open a boxing gym for the neighborhood kids but he's already been ridiculed by his potential clients about the poor quality of the gym equipment.

Cutty is broke but he does know one person with cash to spare—his former boss and drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Most organizations would have to worry about receiving tainted money but for Cutty, this is not an issue. He decides to make an ask and here is how it goes:

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