This is just a quick post about something that irritates the hell out of me. Door to Door Charity collectors! I’m cooking the dinner, playing with my children, working or simply doing nothing, minding my own business in my own home. The doorbell rings and I drag myself away from whatever I’m doing. To be greeted with;
“Hello Madame, I’m collecting on behalf of X charity”. They will then go on to explain that said charity provides vital support for sick and disabled children or people with terminal cancer or some equally very worthy cause. The explanation is designed to make you feel guilty if you dare to not go running immediately for your purse to dig out a few coins.
Well, I’m afraid I AM that person who doesn’t go running to the change jar. I have no problem with the nature of many of the worthy causes, but I DO object to people knocking on my door with the intention of collecting money based on a guilt trip. And I tell them so. I am polite but very firm. I DO NOT give to people who knock on the door.
Don’t get me wrong. I do support charities, I work for one, I volunteer for another, we donate money through my OH’s payroll scheme and I will choose to respond to other appeals etc. but any charity that feels they can knock on my door and play the ‘guilt trip’ goes down in my estimation.
So, am I mean? Do you run for the change jar / kids piggy bank or your purse? and if you do pay up do you do it willingly or do you do it because it would feel too awkward not to and you don’t like to say ‘no’?
I’d love to know am I a total meanie?