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Re: Stores asking you to donate To this or that charity at checkout

I echo a lot of the comments already posted: repetition, tax credit for the store, publicity, etc.

 

More annoying are the telephone calls, esp. For police assns., because the company that does the solicitation takes an unbelievable percentage of what gets collected.  I tell them to have the charity mail me a solicitation directly.  So far, no organization has.

 

Most collection bins for clothes and shoes are another rip off as another poster's thread discussed recently ( Planet Aid, among others ) here on the QVC board.  Some don't even have the words spelled correctly !

 

After the recent news about Wounded Warrior Project, they are off my list also.

 

I have certain charities, religious and non-religious, that I will continue to support.   Local food larders are a constant recipient...it is amazing how many folks need food for their family and " don't look " it.  It is heart breaking for this to be the case in our country.  Wish more would recognize this and donate their time, money ( for meat purchases ) or canned goods and basic house supplies.

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Re: Stores asking you to donate To this or that charity at checkout


@SusieQ_2 wrote:

@jaxs mom wrote:

The cashiers are under a lot of pressure. My local market actually has comment cards for customers and if any of the cashiers get less than a glowing comment, it goes up on a board of shame. It's just pathetic. I wouldn't even shop there but my choices are that chain, Walmart or one other significantly inferior store as far as choices. 


I'm not one to speak up about things, but I'd have a hard time not letting management know that's just not right. 

 

Speaking of inferior stores, we had an Aldi's open up here and I thought I'd check it out. Once was more than enough! Luckily we have quite a few stores to choose from.


I don't really shop there much anyway, I do most of my food shopping at Costco. I will occasionally go to Walmart for the couple items I can't find anywhere else. I haven't addressed management because I have family that works at the store, and we have a very uncommon last name. In fact that's how I found out about it in the first place. The wall of shame is actually in the break room. 

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Re: Stores asking you to donate To this or that charity at checkout

This is a pretty fascinating subject, but I don't see anything saying the store gets a tax credit.

 

It seems to be a big money maker for various charities:

 

The nation's top 63 checkout charity campaigns raised $358.4 million for nonprofits in 2012.

 

1. eBay $54 million

2. Wal-Mart/Sam's Club $41.6 million

3. McDonald's $27.9 million

4. Costco $14.4 million

5. Safeway $12.4 million

6. Safeway $9.2 million

7. Safeway $9.2 million

8. Walgreen $8.5 million

9. Kmart $8 million

10. Safeway $7.6 million

11. Lowe's $7.6 million

12. Kmart $7.5 million

13. Pizza Hut $7.4 million

14. CVS $6.4 million

15. Speedway $6.3 million

16. Rite Aid $6 million

17. iTunes $5.3 million

18. Walgreen $5.3 million

19. CVS $5.2 million

20. Chili's $5.1 million

Source: Cause Marketing Forum's report, "America's Charity Checkout Champions"

 

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/retail/donate-a-dollar-at-the-register-checkout-charity-is-big...

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Re: Stores asking you to donate To this or that charity at checkout

Several years ago or so, each time a customer donated, over the Loud speaker, lots of horns honking, and 'Whooo-Hoooo's', etc.  All day long.   In a nation-wide supermarket.  Very distracting, although I'm glad that folks donated.  I would have preferred soft chimes on a musical triangle, or something similar. 

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Re: Stores asking you to donate To this or that charity at checkout

Years ago, I got a call from a gruff man saying he was from the Police Union and wanted me to donate to "their cause" which I had never heard of.  I said we preferred to know charities before donating.  He started getting almost rough with me and using veiled threats like, "You do want the police to come when you need help, don't you?"

 

Awhile later, it came out that it wasn't police officers, it was basically a scam, the police had hired others to make the call. 

 

Now I always interrupt the spiel and say we do no donations by phone, and then I hang up.

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Re: Stores asking you to donate To this or that charity at checkout

I took a sociology class years ago where they were talking about charities soliciting in a public setting and how it made people more inclined to donate because others were around and they would feel guilty saying no.

 

I guess there is this sociology theory that you contribute more when approached in a public setting to save face.

 

Personally, I just tell the checker that I have charities I contribute and that is all I can afford at this time.  I never feel pressured or embarrassed.  

 

Charity is a personal thing and no one should force it upon you.  I'm also sure the checkers hate having to ask.

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Re: Stores asking you to donate To this or that charity at checkout


@Noel7 wrote:

Years ago, I got a call from a gruff man saying he was from the Police Union and wanted me to donate to "their cause" which I had never heard of.  I said we preferred to know charities before donating.  He started getting almost rough with me and using veiled threats like, "You do want the police to come when you need help, don't you?"

 

Awhile later, it came out that it wasn't police officers, it was basically a scam, the police had hired others to make the call. 

 

Now I always interrupt the spiel and say we do no donations by phone, and then I hang up.


Yep, it's a huge scam in Texas at least. It was all over the news. I hang up on them when they call. I'm not even talking to them. 

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Re: Stores asking you to donate To this or that charity at checkout

Years ago (again), phone calls from our town's 'police athletic league' (so they said), for money for youth uniforms, etc.  So I called our police dept. and they said it was not legitimate/official (or something similar) and to direct the solicitors to his office. 

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Re: Stores asking you to donate To this or that charity at checkout

I say no.  I get my tax deductions for charities.  NOT the stores I shop with.  I'm not big on all these stores that increase their prices to donate millions to charities and get the deduction their clients deserve.  Small think I guess, but I decline to participate.

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Re: Stores asking you to donate To this or that charity at checkout

I have been approached by pharmacy in past few weeks but the ones who really annoy me are the various phone calls asking for money...........not once a month but some every day. Not asking for 5 dollars but over a hundred. They will not take no for an answer and sometimes become argumentative and unfortunately have to hang up on them. Worse is the Political donation calls and I laugh and say "Isnt it Ironic...the rich asking the poorer for money" I hang up on them and dont care what party they are from. When I explain I am disabled to any of them that doesnt seem to stop them either. Unfortunately the excessive calls, door ringing, the rich asking poor for money makes one not willing to listen to any of it anymore. Then once you do give you are pestered unmercifully by anyone they sold your name to and they act like they expect you to dnoate your lifes blood. Ughhh