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To think this is a shocking comment to make?

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mrsshears Mon 03-Oct-11 20:47:54

when i was at the checkout at the supermarket last week,the checkout assistant was chatting away as they do when she happend to notice lots of my shopping had the 'tickled pink' slogan on,she then said "oh i hate that charity they get far too much money thrown at them"shock
I couldnt believe it! why on earth would somebody hate a charity!

BlueCat2010 Mon 03-Oct-11 20:50:23


That could have really been a foot in mouth occasion for her as you could well have been suffering from this cancer! shock

maxpower Mon 03-Oct-11 20:52:48

how can you possibly hate a charity that supports people with cancer confused shock

mrsshears Mon 03-Oct-11 20:55:19

My thoughts exactly,i really had never heard anything like it!
I have already decided i wont be going to her again angry

momnipotent Mon 03-Oct-11 20:57:16

I'm not in the UK, but is that a breast cancer charity? I have heard similar comments here (Canada) that breast cancer gets far too much exposure and takes away from other diseases. hmm

edwinbear Mon 03-Oct-11 20:57:57

Hmmmmm. I am not a supporter of MacMillan, controversial I know, and refuse to sponsor people raising money for them or support them myself as they badly let my dad down when he was dying. I appreciate this is not most people's experience of them and I am perhaps being a bit harsh, but that was the outcome of my only personal experience of them and I can't help but be influenced by it.

RitaMorgan Mon 03-Oct-11 20:58:15

Just because an organisation is a charity, you don't have to like the way they operate.

nethunsreject Mon 03-Oct-11 20:59:38


I personally dislike the 'pink' campaign (cancer isn't pink and fluffy/flipping bras, etc), but the charity itself is great.

Onemorning Mon 03-Oct-11 20:59:42

YABU As a friend puts it 'Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even if they're wrong.'

I work in the charity sector and there are loads I dislike for various reasons. And loads I think are awesome.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Mon 03-Oct-11 21:00:10

I feel like that about the RSPCA... but I would try to keep quiet about it, certainly the woman should have to a customer.

Oggy Mon 03-Oct-11 21:03:35

Terrible thing to actually say.

I suspect (speculation) that it was her incredibly insensitive and inartuiculate way of expressing her dismay that some charities recieve significantly greater support (finanial and otherwise) than other equally worthy charities.

Should have kept her mouth firmly shut though.

Oggy Mon 03-Oct-11 21:05:25

Also, for the record, there is a lot of dislike about the "pink" campaign re breast cancer because it does obviously effecdt men as well as women and many feel that the "pink" thing totally excludes men.

Fiendishlie Mon 03-Oct-11 21:06:03

I don't like the PDSA at all... I don't feel unreasonabe having a negative feeling about a charity

slavetofilofax Mon 03-Oct-11 21:07:37

Hate is a strong word, and she probably didn't really mean that she hates that charity.

I particularly dislike Comic Relief for simelar reasons.

She does have a point though, the pink fluffyness became very fasionable and so took over too much of the cancer market. It does take money away from other charities. There are plenty of other equally deserving, and maybe even more deserving cancers.

She was being very rude for commenting on a customers shopping when she should have just been getting on with her job though.

springydaffs Mon 03-Oct-11 21:09:37

Lack of training imo. Shop assistants aren't supposed to be making personal comments like that. I know I sound old-fashioned but companies skimp on training and that's the result you get. I'd have a word with her manager iiwy, laying it on that the girl clearly hasn't been trained properly - she wouldn't have said anything like that if she had. It's nice to be chatty/friendly but they have to know that they are serving the public in a professional capacity, not chatting to a mate.

We british don't like complaining - well, that's not true, some make up for the majority LOL - but you could do it with a shit-sandwich re complimentary about her service, observation about her inappropriate comment, complimemtary about the company.

whackamole Mon 03-Oct-11 21:12:14

She was tactless for saying it, but she is entitled to her opinion. Could be she is upset her dad died from prostate cancer which gets a lot less coverage or something, you wouldn't know that - just as she wouldn't know that you/your mum/whoever had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Vallhala Mon 03-Oct-11 21:13:13

I feel like that about the RSPCA too lying, but although I say that often on here I wouldn't dream of saying it to a customer in an unrelated environment and neither should that sales assistant.

LoopyLoopsPussInBoots Mon 03-Oct-11 21:14:51

Yes, she was rude, especially if you had los of it in your basket, it clearly means something to you.
However, I think it's perfectly reasonable to dislike a particular charity. As others have said, the RSPCA and the one in the OP spring to mind.

Personally, I won't give money for cancer research (or any other medical research) as I don't believe in testing on animals, even for medical purposes. I certainly wouldn't bang on about it to customers though!

GalaxyWeaver Mon 03-Oct-11 21:16:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

wellwisher Mon 03-Oct-11 21:29:51

I agree with the sentiment.

But I wouldn't SAY that to a supporter.

spiderpig8 Mon 03-Oct-11 21:51:45

have you ever done business with a charity? One or two of them cross the line from being 'hard-nosed' to being downright crooked and lacking in inegrity .

frownieface Mon 03-Oct-11 22:34:34

I agree with what she said, however it's not really something I would share with a supporter.

Uppity Mon 03-Oct-11 22:39:05

Not shocking - she's allowed to think what she likes.

But definitely rude. She's not allowed to say what she likes to a customer, it's unprofessional. And in this case, very rude and possibly hurtful if someone was a supporter because they had good memories of the charity supporting a loved one through a terrible time...

I agree it's a training issue, not a moral one.

biddysmama Mon 03-Oct-11 22:44:11

I hope it wasnt in asda,its one of the charities they support, i have a tickled pink t-shirt that i wore when i went shopping the other day and the woman that served me was wearing the same one..... i dont know who had it worse, me wearing the same t-shirt as the 'collegue' or her wearing the same t-shirt as a 24 week pregnant woman wink

sarahtigh Mon 03-Oct-11 22:52:11

well i dislike NSPCC especially their adverts mute TV everytime its on and really inappropiate for children they actually do really good stuff but it really puts me off and negates the good by being crashly insensitive

but whether shop assistant or whatever you don't comment negatively on customers or clients you can however use it as positive starting point for chat

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