Monday, December 08, 2008

A Rant

Times are tough. According to what I've been reading in Time and Newsweek, they're going to get tougher. When times are tough, that means that times are really tough for charitable organizations. When you have to cut back, I would think that one of the first places you look is the money that you give away. So I feel sorry now for the people responsible for raising money for charitable organizations.

Having said that, here's the rant: I'm tired of every checkout person in just about every store I walk into asking me if I want to give a dollar to this charity or that organization. At lunch time, it was for an organization I never even heard of. And, it was the second person today who asked me. The first was at the supermarket before work, and, yes, I gave a dollar to .... wow.. I can't even remember now what I gave it for. But I did recognize that organization. The second time I was asked was at Taco Bell and I have no idea what that money would have supported.

I usually say yes. But it annoys me. It's the principle. If I chose to come into a store to purchase something, they should have the courtesy not to ask me for more money.

I'm not cheap, I'm not stingy, and I'm not a great big grouch. But I prefer to choose who gets my donations. I have pet causes. I can't help it. I'd rather the MS Society get all this money I'm forking over at the checkout counter. Or the food bank. Sure, I know I can say no, and I'm sure there are plenty of people who do indeed say no. But I do not like being put in that position when I go into a store in good faith to do business.

On the one hand, I'm glad they raise a lot of money from people like me who can't say no. People need the money. On the other hand, it still annoys the hell out of me.

Ugh. I'm so conflicted!


Anonymous said...

I agree, Mom. Also, when the cashier isn't asking you to donate money, the machine that you swipe your card through prompts you to donate to some kind of cause. Ugh! I feel guilty for the rest of the day when I say no, so I usually always do it.

minijaxter said...

Heres how I handle that. I say no not today. I also always give something to Salvation Army, the Cancer Society and a couple of others. I choose who I want to give my money and I dont like it when others badger me about giving to some other organization. So I guess Im agreeing with you. I do feel a little guilty but times are tough. One week after paying the bills the hubby and I had 100 dollars to last us 2 weeks. That includes food and gas.
We almost didnt make it and I almost had to call out a day because I wasnt sure I had enough gas in my car to get to work. I actually had some money in an envelope I was saving for buying gifts for christmas... it was 10 bucks and it went in my car.sigh.
ok sorry didnt mean to rant back at you:)