Fund raising attempt really turned me off

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    Apr 04, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    I was at the grocery store today, and the manager announced that they were having a fund-raiser in the store to support two local students who were participating in the Special Olympics. Okay, I think that's admirable and I can buy into this.

    But then, the manager kept coming on the PA about every five minutes to push that they needed donations to meet their goals. At one point, she said something like "we're xxx amount short, and we need everyone to dig deep and find it within yourselves to help us meet our goals"

    After I heard it a few times, it started to get kind of oppressive. The only thing I could think of was that I wanted out of that store immediately. As a business owner, I get asked to donate to charities several times a week. I really don't need to hear this while I'm shopping, especially when I'm trying to get a task done that I need to complete to get through the week. It's bad enough to have to run away from the Girl Scouts when they attack you at the entrance.

    Part of me doesn't want to go back if that's acceptable for them to have this kind of fund-raising in the store. Would you complain to the store about this?
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    Apr 04, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    It's a fundraising event for a special needs kid, and you're offended? icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 04, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    It reminds me of the mormon church. I would've just ignored it.
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    Apr 04, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    Allathlete saidIt's a fundraising event for a special needs kid, and you're offended? icon_eek.gif


    What he said... c'mon Scrooge, get in the Christmas spirit.
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    Apr 04, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    "and we need everyone to dig deep and find it within yourselves to help us meet our goals"

    -This is ridiculous. It's like department stores pushing credit cards.
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    Apr 04, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    Misanthropic crew: unite!

    Yes, I would have complained. That seems entirely excessive. Of course people keep entering the store and will not have been privy to the earlier announcements, but most people at the grocery store are not "one item" purchasers that are in and out and will not be able to hear the announcement before they escape all thirty seconds they are in the store to buy one tin of Altoids. Once every thirty minutes would have been entirely reasonable and likely would have led more people to consider donating. But every five minutes is oppressive, obnoxious, and worth complaining about. Repetitiveness is bad for business, even if there is a limited time offering sale on whacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men.

    The supermarket I avoid in favor of the organic grocer got on my bad side when they not only made you click "No donation" on the keypad but then had the 15 year old cashier ask you if you were sure you were not going to donate "this time" to some ethically grey entity.
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    Apr 04, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    spaghettimonster said
    The supermarket I avoid in favor of the organic grocer got on my bad side when they not only made you click "No donation" on the keypad but then had the 15 year old cashier ask you if you were sure you were not going to donate "this time" to some ethically grey entity.


    I have had a similar experience in Chapel Hill. I enjoy living in a quasi-hippie area, but they can get quite pushy and obtrusive. I shouldn't have to justify my choice and to give me side eye makes me less apt to continue business with your overpriced establishment.
  • mybud

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    Apr 04, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    I think you should say something to management....even though it was a worthily cause,( I preference this by informing you I work in the area of Education Administration with visually impaired children and teens).Your the customer and as the customer.... you should not feel pressured and be made to feel awkward in a place of business...You should expect some level of customer service...you didn't receive it...How will they be aware of that unless you and others inform them????...K...getting off my soap box.....BUD
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    Apr 04, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    yeahim40 saidI was at the grocery store today, and the manager announced that they were having a fund-raiser in the store to support two local students who were participating in the Special Olympics. Okay, I think that's admirable and I can buy into this.

    But then, the manager kept coming on the PA about every five minutes to push that they needed donations to meet their goals. At one point, she said something like "we're xxx amount short, and we need everyone to dig deep and find it within yourselves to help us meet our goals"

    After I heard it a few times, it started to get kind of oppressive. The only thing I could think of was that I wanted out of that store immediately. As a business owner, I get asked to donate to charities several times a week. I really don't need to hear this while I'm shopping, especially when I'm trying to get a task done that I need to complete to get through the week. It's bad enough to have to run away from the Girl Scouts when they attack you at the entrance.

    Part of me doesn't want to go back if that's acceptable for them to have this kind of fund-raising in the store. Would you complain to the store about this?


    I would be annoyed but would just suck it up. I mean, unless this happens all the time, I can probably endear the few minutes of annoyance for the sake of having two disabled kids participate in a sporting event.

    You being pressured for a few minutes vs. two kids being disabled for what will probably the rest of their lives. Come on now.
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    Apr 04, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    I don't see what's so offensive about it. It's for a good cause. In fact, the sheer persistence of that manager is kind of admirable really.

    Remember, it helps those two kids to get to the Special Olympics.

    Personally, I would have given as much of the balance they need to support the cause.

    And knowing how self-absorbed some people are, I understand why they'd go to great lengths to keep making the announcement.



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    Apr 04, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    deltalimen said"and we need everyone to dig deep and find it within yourselves to help us meet our goals"

    -This is ridiculous. It's like department stores pushing credit cards.


    Lmfao.

    HI welcome to XXXX we're having a special on XXXX let me know if you need anything.

    5 minutes later.

    Hi, are you finding everything okay? we're having a special on XXXX let me know if you need anything.

    5 minutes later.

    Hi, are you finding everything okay? we're having a special on XXXX let me know if you need anything.

    5 minutes later.

    Hi, are you finding everything okay? we're having a special on XXXX let me know if you need anything.

    5 minutes later.

    Hi, are you finding everything okay? we're having a special on XXXX let me know if you need anything.
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    Apr 04, 2011 4:39 AM GMT
    Things aren't as black and white as you make them to be.

    Always look at the cause.

    The difference could very well improve someone who's life sucks....


    don't even compare it to people pushing you to buy credit cards.
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    Apr 04, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    Sounds like the manager had a hidden agenda for meeting that goal. There's nothing wrong with being proactive about fundraising, but if you push it to an extent where your target audience is distracted by you rather than focusing on the issue then it gets detrimental to the cause.
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    Apr 04, 2011 4:57 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidSounds like the manager had a hidden agenda for meeting that goal. There's nothing wrong with being proactive about fundraising, but if you push it to an extent where your target audience is distracted by you rather than focusing on the issue then it gets detrimental to the cause.


    Exactly; There is nothing wrong with donating to proper causes. However, when said requests for donations become domineering, as was the case in this instance, or the people accepting donations attempt to slut shame you for not making a donation, it's a less than stellar situation.

    Bottom line, feel free to complain to corporate about the situation. I don't believe that it would be trite or tacky to do so.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 04, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    Whether it's grocery stores or political petitions or that damn Santa with the clanging bell, I encounter beggars all the time. I've learned to say, "No, thank you," and keep right on walking.

    I donate to charities the same way that I pay my bills, on line.

    As for grocery store announcements, I just tune them out.
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    Apr 04, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    deltalimen said"and we need everyone to dig deep and find it within yourselves to help us meet our goals"

    -This is ridiculous. It's like department stores pushing credit cards.


    Or not... It's going to a good cause, not to boost sales. I just don't get how people can't see that huge difference.
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    Apr 04, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    Most in-store announcements sound like the drive-thru window at Wendy's to me. I tune them out.
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    Apr 04, 2011 5:21 AM GMT
    You are a lot of assholes.. and not the good kind either.
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    Apr 04, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    mnboy saidYou are a lot of assholes.. and not the good kind either.


    Or, some of us make large charitable donations to causes with which we have close personal affinity. These gifts are planned, annual, managed disbursements that allow us to feel personally connected to the philanthropy of our choosing.

    So, when we stop in at the market to buy a loaf of bread, we tune out the noise.
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    Apr 04, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
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    mnboy saidYou are a lot of assholes.. and not the good kind either.


    Or, some of us make large charitable donations to causes with which we have close personal affinity. These gifts are planned, annual, managed disbursements that allow us to feel personally connected to the philanthropy of our choosing.

    So, when we stop in at the market to buy a loaf of bread, we tune out the noise.


    Or maybe you should read some of the above comments and realize that some of the these people are real assholes. I'm glad you only give to charities that you find worthy...
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    Apr 04, 2011 1:21 PM GMT
    agreed... i donate 2 weeks pay a year to the charities i believe in... i'm happy to hear of alternatives but i don't need them forced down my throat!
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    Apr 04, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
    Im sure the announcer didnt want to do it anymore then you wanted to hear it. Its like those people you see at the front of amusement parks asking you and your friends/family if you want a photo.

    They know its annoying, but its a task they got to do. No need to be cynical about it. Seeing as how like everyone has said its for a good cause.

    Also bring an ipod next time, and tune it out with something.
  • LJay

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    Apr 04, 2011 1:32 PM GMT
    Sounds to me like it is a matter of degree. The manager overdid it.

    Special Olympics is a worth cause, indeed, but the professionals in fundraising know that there is sucha thing as repelling givers with the wrong approach. I would be tempted to call the store and tell the manager that, while I did make a contribution, the whole thing got obnoxious and was offputting and probably counter productive.
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    Apr 04, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    mnboy said
    Bulldog1974 said
    mnboy saidYou are a lot of assholes.. and not the good kind either.


    Or, some of us make large charitable donations to causes with which we have close personal affinity. These gifts are planned, annual, managed disbursements that allow us to feel personally connected to the philanthropy of our choosing.

    So, when we stop in at the market to buy a loaf of bread, we tune out the noise.


    Or maybe you should read some of the above comments and realize that some of the these people are real assholes. I'm glad you only give to charities that you find worthy...


    Some people are also CONSTANTLY judgemental pricks who solely post to add disention to a thread. It's rather pathetic and continues ad nauseum.
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    Apr 04, 2011 2:25 PM GMT
    I can speak without fear of criticism of personal selfishness on this topic, because we contribute to a number of non-profit agencies, especially HIV/AIDS. And anonymously buy school supplies, clothes and Christmas gifts for impoverished children, especially those with HIV, as well as with other special needs.

    But since my partner & I are also involved in fundraising efforts for these causes, to solicit contributions of money and gifts-in-kind from others (those with tons more money than us), I know that there is a right way to do it, and a wrong way. This sounds like it may have been the wrong way.

    But perhaps understandable if the store manager really had no expertise in this area, and maybe didn't receive good display materials and guidance from the agency running this, and had just his store PA system to promote it. There is a difference between begging and badgering, and the manager may have crossed that line into counter-productivity.

    As for myself, though I wasn't there and can't judge this situation exactly, being sympathetic to such causes I might have overlooked a bit of annoying over-enthusiasm in favor of a good cause. I dunno.

    I've volunteered to help special needs kids since the 1970s, even when I was in the Army. I've taken them on field trips, taken them to activities like picnics and bowling (tutoring them in that was an adventure), taught them in classrooms, and also coached some athletic events. But never related to the Special Olympics. I'd like to do that, something I have to put on my to-do list now (if there's room).

    In my case I wouldn't complain to the store, so much as suggest how they might do it better. A good cause, that deserves a better approach perhaps.