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Why do stupid people always find me?

First it was telemarketers and now it's door-to-door charity people. Would I like to pledge a donation to the poor? No, I would most certainly not. I work hard for my money. I suggest they do the same. Have a bake sale, do a car wash. Hell, I would have been happy to donate a little something if they offered to take my newspapers or pop cans for me. BUT DON'T JUST FUCKING STICK OUT YOUR HANDS AND ASK ME FOR MONEY. That offends me, it's no different from panhandling.

I used to give to charities all the time and then realized how incredibly stupid it was to just give money to strangers. I will support charities though. I volunteered at the Variety Club Show of Hearts Telethon for years (not just sitting there answering phones, we were on the Event Coordination Team; we did stuff for them before, during and after the Telethon). I would donate for a car wash, a bake sale, a box of cookies, a poppy or give my old clothes, but I won't just write a cheque.

But I would just write a cheque to medical research (if I had the money). IMHO, Cancer Research is not a charity (although, they maybe registered as such and conduct business under the Charities Act).

Bah... Ah theuh no prisons? Ah theuh no workhouses?


Aug. 7th, 2001 01:19 pm (UTC)
Glad to know that there are others in this world who find the door to door "gimmies" a pain in the ass. My philosphy is if a church cannot support their membership on what the membership can afford to pay, maybe it is time to put a halt on the membership! I always thought that bible thumpers said God will provide. So how come they find going door to door asking for handouts to ba accepatble? Somehow I can't see God telling them to do that.
Aug. 7th, 2001 01:40 pm (UTC)
Re: handouts
I don't have a problem supporting a charity or a worthy cause - even a church and I'm not religious. But, they should show that they're trying and doing something on their end.
Aug. 7th, 2001 02:09 pm (UTC)
Re: handouts
I agree wholeheartedly. I also have my charities that I support. It is the one who come to my door asking me to support their church that I am not a member of.

Around here many of the catholic churches have summer festivals. I am not catholic but I do support some of the festivals because at those the members are working hard to raise the money, not just parading door to door begging.
Aug. 7th, 2001 10:29 pm (UTC)
Re: handouts
I'm not so sure that they're simply going door-to-door pan-handling on the behalf of their church. I'd be willing to bet that they're hunting for those people that might say "Hmmm... I've always wanted to join the [CHURCH NAME]..." and they can invite the lucky home owner to a nice introduction session.

Ie, they're playing the part of a missionary, looking for converts, and veiling it under the pretense of charity work.

There are some who consider attempting to convert someone to another religion as a violent act, and therefore something to be avoided. If you're not sure of this, I'd invite you to take one of those free Personality Tests over at the Church of Scientology. :)

Aug. 8th, 2001 04:21 am (UTC)
Re: handouts
Yes, they could be doing missionary work so to speak, but I disagree with that even more than the pan-handling. Many religions have thrived in this world by NOT going door to door or hitting people up in parking lots, etc and to have my privacy at home interrupted by those that do just grate on my nerves. Ever since those "missionaries" insulted the founder of the religion I was raised in (but no longer practice) in a discussion with my grandfather, I have lost respect for ALL door to door soliciting in the name of God.

Sorry, but I have already been hit on by the Scientology crowd many years ago and do not agree with their teachings either. That is not to say that it is not for some, but I know it is not for me.

Thanks for the suggestion though.


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