Charity Work

Posted: October 27, 2009 by Brian in Uncategorized

You're on your way to the grocery store, you park your car, you walk
towards the entrance and notice something you wish you could avoid
somehow, but know that you won't be able to. The charity stand.

The aggressive solicitor of change is eyeing you and your pockets. He
listens for any loose change you may have in your pockets, remembering
your face for when you make your way out. Sometimes you'll get the
overly aggresive ones who ask for donations as you make your way in.
"On the way out", I say, hoping to cat-roll my way out and avoid him
completely. That is NEVER the case. Even if you try to use another
exit, his accomplice will be there as well, waiting. At Walmart for
example, they have two exits, one on the left and one on the right and
an opening in the middle which the cart-boy uses to push all the
shopping carts in through. THAT, my friend, is your only escape.

Although, I do occasionaly give change (especially during the holidays),
I choose my charities wisely. I will most likely give my change to the
person ringing his bell for the Salvation Army before I donate to the
guy sitting on a fold-out chair, behind a folding poker table with a
wooden box sitting on top and a xeroxed piece of paper with non-legible
words on it. But that's just me.

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