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When It Comes To Charity She’s A Completely Different Animal

, , , , | Right | October 6, 2021

I work for a thrift store that donates its proceeds to a local animal rescue group. It is named “[Animal Rescue Group] Thrift Store” on the building and on its signs. There is no way to make this a subtle fact.

I am on the registers with [New Coworker], who ends up getting an old lady.

Old Lady: *Rudely* “What, exactly, does my money benefit?”

I’m listening in, in case I have to save [New Coworker], but she handles it fine.

New Coworker: “Oh, almost all of our profits go toward [Animal Rescue Group] to help homeless and lost animals!”

Old Lady: “Well, I don’t care about helping the animals. I want my money to go toward helping people!”

New Coworker: *A little awkwardly* “Well, ma’am, that sounds like a good place for your money to go toward, as well, but our store is for [Animal Rescue Group]. Do you still want your items?”

Old Lady: “Where else can I spend my money so it goes toward people?”

New Coworker: “…”

Me: “Ma’am, there’s [Other Thrift Store] literally a block down the road.”

Old Lady: “I’ve already been there! They didn’t have what I needed!”

Me: “Or you can go to [Teen- And Family-Oriented Thrift Store] about a mile down the road.”

Old Lady: “I want these items, but I want you to take the proceeds to them, then!”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but that’s not how it works. If you buy the items at our thrift store, your money goes to our charity. If you want to donate to another store, you need to spend your money in their store.”

Old Lady: *Angrily* “Well, that’s just ridiculous! It’s my money! It should go toward a charity I want it to go to!”

I mean… you’re standing in a building that states that it’s affiliated with an animal rescue. Funds going toward animal rescues is kind of the whole point of shopping here. How in the world does a person walk in and demand that their purchase of [Store #1]’s products be sent to [Store #2]’s profits?!

Me: *Coldly* “No, ma’am, that’s not how it works. That’s not how any store works, not just our thrift shop!”

Old Lady: “Fine, take my money and use it on your filthy animals! I won’t shop here again!”

She storms out.

New Coworker: “Am I losing my mind? Did that really just happen?”

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She’s A Real Piece Of (Art)Work

, , , , | Working | September 22, 2021

I’m not a professional graphic designer, but I’m proficient with the tools of the time. A friend of a friend is running a charity, gathering teddy bears for children going through crisis or disaster. She wants some letterhead for fundraising, so I figure, hey, I’ll do it for the children. I offer my services at a discount.

About a week later, I send samples for approval. Mind you, I send nothing about fees, just artwork. In return, I get a nasty letter, asking who I am and where I get off taking advantage of a charity.

Charity: “We already have a logo, and anything you’d be asking for would take resources away from the children. How dare you?”

As if I was trolling for business, instead of her coming to me.

That was the end of our professional relationship. For the sake of the children, I hope things went well with the charity, and I hope the children only see her kind personality and not the evil twin.

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We’ll Pay You To Shut Up, But Only For Charity

, , , , , | Learning | August 12, 2021

We have been fundraising for charity. Many students take on a sponsored activity and get people to pay them. Some run and get paid per mile; others bake and sell cakes. [Student], the class voice box, decides to do a sponsored silence.

Everyone is surprised; [Student] cannot keep quiet even when saying nothing at all. But all day, she says nothing at all, not even on break.

The next day, everyone is talking about donations and collections. [Student] pipes up.

Student: “I raised £53!”

Me: “That’s really good.”

Student: “Yeah, I got my whole family to sponsor me, as well as people from school.”

Friend: “Well done.”

Student: “Yeah, I don’t know what I will spend the money on.”

Me: “You don’t get to keep the money. You realise that? It’s for charity.”

Student: “No! I did the sponsored silence; I raised the money.”

Friend: “Yeah, I don’t think you know what you’re talking about, [My Name].”

Me: “You guys know this is for charity, right? The whole day is for charity.”

Student: *Sarcastically* “Yeah, sure. Don’t forget you both owe me money for yesterday.”

I blew her off. I’m not paying when she was supposed to be donating it. Apparently, many others didn’t, either. [Student]’s mum ended up coming to the school to complain only to be told that she needed to give the money to the school. I don’t think that money ever made it to the charity.

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Not Feeling Charitable Toward These Jerks

, , , , , , , , | Working | July 7, 2021

My supermarket sometimes has a donation trolley after the tills. The idea is that you buy an extra packet of whatever and donate it to charity. It’s a pretty good idea and the trolley gets full of food going to good causes.

As I’m waiting to pay, I see an old lady at the trolley; she is acting a bit odd and catches my eye. I watch her dig around the food, looking for something, and then take it out and put it in her own trolley.

Me: “Err, excuse me. You can’t just take that.”

Old Lady: “What are you muttering about?”

Me: “You can’t take that; that’s for charity.”

Old Lady: *Screeching* “I’m going to pay for it!”

Me: “No, you can’t pay for it; it doesn’t belong to the store anymore. You need to buy from the shelves.”

Cashier: “Look, leave it. She often does this.”

Me: “You realise you are stealing money, right? Like some sort of embezzlement or something.”

Cashier: “It’s fine. She does it all the time.”

Me: “You’re allowing her to steal from a charity and then pocketing the money. It’s not fine.”

Cashier: “Are you going to pay? It’s [total].”

I was shocked that my donations were being resold. I stopped by the customer service desk where they gave me a standard “We will look into it.” I doubted this would go anywhere, so I dropped an email to the head office.

To my surprise, someone asked for my number and called me back. They actually took things seriously and called me again, detailing every step they’d taken: new signage, training, moving the trolley, etc. 

Hopefully, those in need the most will now benefit from others’ generosity rather than an old crone who can’t be bothered to go to a shelf for her own shopping.

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Pink Ribbons Make Some People See Red

, , , , , | Healthy | June 24, 2021

I am a leasing agent at a senior apartment complex. I contributed to a breast cancer research fund and received a pink ribbon pin, which we are allowed to wear. My current applicant has been huffing and tutting as she fills out paperwork, and she makes a point of never looking me in the eye. When we are finished, she tries a parting shot.

Applicant: “You know, I had breast cancer, too, but I don’t advertise it.”

Me: *With a big smile* “I haven’t had it, thankfully, but my cousin died from it, so I do what I can to raise awareness.”

She turned a few shades of red, grabbed her paperwork, and hurried off.

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