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If I am standing at a checkout, and some checkout woman who I have never met before says to me,”That will be seventy-seven pounds and fiveP; so we’ll just round it up to eighty pounds! Will that be okay then?”

 

Knowing how many charities actually are little more than fronts for legalised theft, with high salaries and even higher lifestyles for the chosen few; what do you reckon my answer, and that of many other people, might be?

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5 thoughts on “Be Charitable!!!

  1. As I have said on my own web site, I’ve been looking at charities recently. Most such as “Help the Aged” and “Save the Children” give a clue as to their objectives in their names. So, if, as I speculated, I formed a charity called, say, “Pensioners Help”, I assume most people would think that its aim would be to help needy pensioners.
    Then think about “Christian Aid” and go to their web site. Not a hint of helping Christians under attack in Egypt or Pakistan, but lots about their work in Gaza.

  2. Somehow I doubt that ’rounding up’ your bill at the check-out will induce that ‘feel good’ feeling one gets from making a direct donation to someone in need.

    All it really does is to create yet another level of ‘rake-off’ between benefactor and recipient.

    My sceptical cynicism is but a reflection of modern day life, where corruption is rife from the highest to the lowest, and in almost every sphere of life. – if we cannot trust those who govern us, or those who are supposed to tend our finances, or those we do business with, – just who is there to trust? – Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, – I jest, of course…

  3. I give to charity and do so with pleasure.

    But I take offense at any business that puts me on the spot at checkout time to ” give “. I’m not prepared for the question, and I don’t care to be put on the spot, perhaps with others observing the conversation. It’s more than unfair.

    Three weeks ago, I was making some purchases at a Duane Reade drugstore on Fulton Street. The clerk asked if I wanted to make an on the spot donation to the upcoming ” AIDS Walk ” .

    No.

    Not there, anyway.

    It’s none of their business – and unless there is a specific reason to do so – ie the store matches the donation, as some business will do at times – I will never give at checkout time.

    It’s wrong for businesses to corner their customers like that.

  4. I am a Rotarian and through Rotary I give to many charities and also give of my time. However, I object to this idea that retailers might suggest that they round up my bill in order that I give to other charities not of my choosing. To my mind giving to a charity is my choice and my choice alone whilst paying for a transaction is paying for that transaction. I find this approach offensive.

  5. In America, the corporate world steers away from so called ” conservative ” charities such as the Boy Scouts or Catholic Charities.

    I’d bet the ” approved ” charity drives in the United Kingdom also tend to laser out any charities that don’t toe various ideological lines.

    Just a hunch.

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