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Kenneth Cleaver

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Kenneth H. Cleaver

P.O. Box 1034

Colorado Springs, CO 80901

February 12, 2005

Mr. John T. Walton

Walton Enterprises, LLC.

P.O. Box 1860

Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Dear Mr. Walton:

I've often read that wealthy people are harangued for all kinds of handouts. This disturbs me deeply.

My thinking is that if you're going to beg, at least have a good story to tell. Or better yet, be able to tap dance. Don't just ask for it. That's tacky.

I've enclosed $1 for your personal use. I know you don't need it, what with your annual Wal-Mart dividend check hovering around $175 million. But just think of it as a symbolic apology on behalf of all the shameless beggars who think they can get something for nothing.

That said, I would like to ask for one thing: A check for -$1. That's right, negative $1. I'd like to frame it for my progeny as a way to teach them about non-begging.

I've enclosed a self-addressed stamped envelope so that you won't spend any money fulfilling this request.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Cleaver

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