Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hunger Games

February 23, 2013

A new restaurant opened up down the street.  It has a simple menu of a few sandwiches, soups and salads.  I decided to check it out, and when the cashier announced my price--I believe it was $8.45--she asked "do you want to round that up to nine dollars to fight hunger?" In other words, the extra I gave--I assume--would go to some specific charity.

Now I've got nothing against charity, and I've got nothing against fighting hunger, but I don't enjoy retail establishments forcing the issue.  Here I was in a position of having to say "no, I don't want to fight hunger" just to get my (overpriced) food.

I should have said "tell you what, if you're so keen on fighting hunger, why don't you take it out of your end?" And then in a few weeks, I could go in and announce "I'm making my own sandwiches, soups and salads now, and though you've lost my business, I'm sure you'll be thrilled to hear I'm saving a lot and giving some of it to good causes."

I've checked around and apparently a number of places have this deal.  If it's an unspoken option, fine, but if they're in your face about it, they making my continued patronage less likely.


Anonymous Denver Guy said...

A lot of stores are doing this. PetSmart always asks if you want to add a dollar for animal shelters. It bugs me for just the reason you say - it forces me to say "no, let the puppies freeze!"

I could deal with special pleas once or twice a year - although even then, I prefer the March of Dimes jar sitting silently on the the 7/11 counter, letting me opt in, not requiring me to opt out.

8:24 AM, November 12, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate the cub scouts or brownies or old vets sitting at the entrance to the grocery store directly interacting with you as you enter. I understand these tactics are probably much better at raising cash than sitting there silently but I hate it.

I usually feign deafness or an inability to understand the language

5:59 AM, November 13, 2013  
Anonymous Denver Guy said...

At least girl scouts are selling food (cookies) in fron of a grocery store. I sort of look forward to their annual visit.

8:06 AM, November 13, 2013  

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