People standing in front of Walmart ask for money
The most irritating part of shopping at Wal-Mart, Target, groceries stores, and similar places is people that accost you at the door and those people that beg as you leave. I support charities through Sunrise Church, my school, and people I know because there is accountability. Most people who donate do so through verifiable sources. Solicitors and petitioners should not be allowed to harass shoppers. Have you ever experienced any of these situations?
Kids sell candy to go to Knotts Berry Farm
It doesn’t make sense for a child to sell snickers outside the store for $1 which can be purchased inside the store for 69 cents. The candy inside the store probably has a later expiration date. The kids will explain that they are trying to make money to go to camp. I have seen several of my own students selling candy in shopping centers 10 to 15 miles from home. One teen explained to me that an adult drops students off at various locations and picks them up later. The camping trip is a one day bus trip to Knotts Berry Farm or Magic Mountain. It is a nuisance to customers entering and leaving the stores. I’m sure any sales students make is because people feel sorry for them. This is a potentially dangerous situation for children and teenagers. Where are the parents and guardians?
Person information on petitions
Do not sign that petition!
Several years ago I was approached to sign a petition about something. I can’t even remember what it was for. Suddenly, the petitioner lined up other petitions for me to sign. I said, “No1” The next time I was accosted, the petitioner said the petition was about “teachers not teaching anything.” I was highly offended and let the person know that I work hard for my check. These petitioners have no idea of what they are getting people to sign. They can’t answer any questions about the petitions. They get paid by the signature. They will never make money off of me.
There is also the vulnerability to identity theft. Do not let the petitioners engage you.
Where is your 501(c)3 permit?
Fake charities solicit donations!
The very worse annoyance is people sitting outside the store in lawn chairs. The name of some alleged neighborhood shelter is scrawled in ink on a white poster board. They try to shame you into giving a donation. I now suggest that the solicitors contact my church which is very involved in community outreach.
There should be a law that allows shoppers to shop in peace.
Know where your money goes
I advocate giving to charities. It is more blessed to give than receive. There are many opportunities to give and know that your money is being used for its intended purpose. Many employers have programs for tax deductible donations to be distributed among vetted charities. Make sure you agree with charities supported by your employer. Donations to churches are as good as the accountability of the churches themselves. The church should be properly licensed and providing full accountability of all monies received and paid out. There are opportunities to donate directly to charities online. Being online does not prove legitimacy. Check for complaints against the organization and look at financials to see what percentage of donations goes to salaries and staff morale. In this economy, we need to know where our money is going and know that we have legitimate tax deductions.