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Shopping is a polarizing experience for me, and it starts before I enter the grocery store. Increasingly, I’m noticing various organizations camp out at the entrance of the store. As I walk by, I tend to avoid eye contact. If approached, I politely say I’m not interested and move on. But the very nature of this interaction bothers me. And it gets worse when kids are involved. Parents sit back at the table while their kids shuck for money. And the stern looks from parents implies that I’m supposed to feel guilty by not contributing to said funds. What used to be a rare occurrence is now a weekly occurrence. It seems that nearly every time I go grocery shopping on the weekend, there is some group out in front of the store entrance asking for money.
This is not to say that I don’t enjoy giving back and supporting organizations. (I do.) But I prefer to give in my own way, and certainly not when I’m being accosted by folks while entering a store that I have to go to.
How do you deal with this type of soliciting? Does it bother you? Got any creative methods to avoid these types of solicitations?
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