First they were doing it at the grocery store and now they're doing it at the fast food joints. While it tugs on my heart and I can appreciate the sentiment behind it, their actions make me think twice before shopping there.
And I must admit it makes me feel like a big ol' meanie!
What is it, you ask?
Asking me to donate to XYZ cause.
It's totally fine when the debit card machine asks me privately and I can respond by clicking the YES or NO button discreetly. But when the cashiers ask--or in the case of the grocery store ANNOUNCE DONATIONS OVER THE LOUD SPEAKER with an accompanying "WOOHOO"--it makes me...uncomfortable.
What if I didn't bring extra cash? What if I'm broke? What if I don't like the attention drawn to me when the cashier announces the amount for the world to hear?
It bothers me that it bothers me, probably because I can't pinpoint why. It might be that I'm a private person or simply that I don't like being put on the spot. Or maybe I prefer knowing something about the organizations I donate to instead of giving to causes I'm unfamiliar with.
In these troubled economic times, it makes sense to be bolder and more assertive for fund raising, but personally I'd love to go back to the jar on the counter method.
What say you?
Samantha Sanderson: Off the Record by Robin Caroll
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