I spent all day helping a buddy put snap/lock together fake tile laminate in his kitchen (Dupont 12x48 pieces). After working all night, and with my back already sore before we started. And of course, we had to cut everything outside in the 31-36 degree weather. Anyhoo, sometime in the middle of that LOML and I took a break and went to WallyWorld. At each end of both entrances were guys with plastic buckets soliciting donations for battered women and children, in the name of a church. Rather aggressively. And right in front of the signs that say "No soliciting allowed on WalMart property". When LOML politely declined, it was suggested we might think about it whilst shopping and stop by on the way out. Which to me means go directly to whoever's wearing the Customer Service Manager's hat and complain. When I politely asked (really) if they were sanctioning the collections, the CSM said, "Yes" dismissively and went back to her paperwork. I then mentioned politely (really) that they were being a bit more aggressive than what might be considered 'normal' for folks soliciting donations and she might want to look into it. She didn't even look up from the paperwork while not acknowledging that comment. Fair enough... perhaps the store director will at least feign concern when I visit with him about it tomorrow.
I guess I'm two-faced, because I don't mind the Girl Scouts selling cookies there. They're polite, and they ask ONCE. And I've gotten to where the Salvation Army bell ringers don't bother me anymore, but only if they stand there and ring their bell and don't actively solicit (one of the 'rules', at least at this WM). But I just pretty well don't like it when pushy people think I need to feel bad for not giving them money for this cause or another. And I don't like it when firemen stand at every corner and disrupt traffic collecting for Jerry's kids either. That's an incredibly worthwhile cause, but I know how to dial the phone if I want to donate. Right then, I'm on my way somehere.
I know this is a completely usless post, but I needed to vent.