So for the umpteenth time in a number of weeks I have been approached by a charity organisation out on the street, coaxed into a conversation and then encouraged to sign my life away in an attempt for them to extract regular donations from me.
It would seem that charities are becoming more and more competitive in their attempt to grab hold of our hard earned. Don’t get me wrong, the people who approach you are always polite, well spoken and seemingly educated individuals. I admire them for saddling up to a cause and trying to do something for the greater good but people all have different priorities in life. Give me a break okay, just lay off.
The conversation is fine I don’t mind chatting if I have the time, and if I end up learning something from the experience even better, but there is always a catch. They want your details then and there to sign you up and get you making those monthly/weekly/annual contributions, all of this based on the conversation you’re having as if you require no further proof that your money will be going to a worthy cause. That’s what really bugs me.
I think in this time where credit card fraud is a major problem, the last thing I’ll be doing is giving my details over to some guy or girl on the street because they say they are doing something for the greater good.
The other day I was approached by some Oxfam guys in the Canberra Centre. Now I think Oxfam is a pretty worthwhile charity. I’ve gone to their shops and bought presents for people in the past, I’ve bought a goat for a village even, a lot of the things they do I consider to be excellent initiatives. I’m happy to find out more about this stuff if I actively seek it out, not have someone try and befriend me with the sole agenda of soliciting monthly donations from me on the street, in my opinion it cheapens the great work they do.
So I go through the whole conversation part with the guy and he then puts me on the spot and tries to get me to sign up then and there, to which I reply, ‘no, I’d rather do a bit more research before I make a decision’. The thing that I found most annoying was that this guy was standing 100 metres away from the Oxfam shop in Civic, and when I asked if I could actually perhaps come down to the store and sign up after I’d looked into it a bit more he told me that you can’t actually join Oxfam from the shopfront, that’s why he was out there to get me to ‘sign up today’. Then the pressure came with questions like ‘what else do you need to know?’, I just know I’d like to think about it.
Whilst I’ve singled out Oxfam they’re not the only ones that resort to this tactic. This is only my opinion but these days we are bombarded by so much information that the last thing we need is junk mail in an organic form.
I appreciate the sentiment behind what you’re trying to do, maybe it makes it easier for you to live with yourself, but If you want my donation I’ll decide when I give it to you.