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To dislike the supermarket charity token thing?

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sniffle12 Sat 25-Mar-17 23:01:41

I was asked today at the supermarket to place a token in a box as I left - to vote for my preferred charity project (presumably to receive some of the proceeds from the 5p bag tax?)

Is it just me who feels uncomfortable being asked to pick a charity (i.e. not to pick the others and therefore deny them funds they probably need just as much?) They were all for wildlife projects so it's not like it even comes down to what causes lie close to your heart. Would it be so unreasonable to just split the money evenly between them?

I ended up putting my token in the one that seemed to be the least popular just to even it out.

Astro55 Sat 25-Mar-17 23:04:45

They vary - today's was a elderly male gardening club - a school wildlife garden and a teen music thing!

It's just giving people and choice - no doubt the 'popular' well connected will win

I chose the one I think will benefit the most people

Boiled7Up Sat 25-Mar-17 23:05:41

Well, if that's your only problem, you're doing not bad.

BonnyScotland Sat 25-Mar-17 23:05:57

I find them uncomfortable ... yes

Fluffyears Sat 25-Mar-17 23:06:00

At our local it was between a boys football club to go abroad (who could raise funds on their own I assume), a SIDS charity and some pensioners bridge thing....umm no brainer.

CreamCheez Sat 25-Mar-17 23:07:29

I just don't like being asked to do anything at the supermarket. Time was you could just go in and purchase your goods. Now it's all store cards / points / charity tokens / donations. Just take my money, please!

Sparklingbrook Sat 25-Mar-17 23:07:29

My understanding is that all 3 charities get a share of the pot but the ones with the most tokens get a bigger one IYKWIM.

minisoksmakehardwork Sat 25-Mar-17 23:07:30

If it's Tesco, they all get money in accordance with how many tokens they get. Ie The one with the largest number of tokens gets the largest sum, next largest gets the middle amount and least gets the smaller amount. So at least all the charities are getting money.

BarbarianMum Sat 25-Mar-17 23:08:53

I seriously doubt that supermarkets are their only source of funding. And you don't have to vote. I think it's a non problem tbh

228agreenend Sat 25-Mar-17 23:09:01

Doesn't bother me.

I tend to the one that I feel least deserving. Ie. A football trip abroad is a luxury, whilst the SIDS charity is deserving.

minisoksmakehardwork Sat 25-Mar-17 23:09:06

X-post sparkling.

We've looked into it for our school friends charity hence knowing that's the case.

Porpoiselife Sat 25-Mar-17 23:10:51

Just stick it anyone of them if you don't particularly care. Can't see how it's an issue tbh. If it's that traumatic for you to choose just say you don't want a token!

Crispbutty Sat 25-Mar-17 23:11:23

I go in Waitrose at least three times a week. They are all worthy local causes at the branch in our little town so I put a token in each to keep it fair.

Sparklingbrook Sat 25-Mar-17 23:11:57

You explained it better mini. grin

This is what Waitrose Community Matters says

At the end of your shop in branch, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in Convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that you choose.

WorraLiberty Sat 25-Mar-17 23:14:28

I always put mine in the box with the least tokens grin

Except once when one of the boxes was to raise money for the garden at my local primary school.

YolandiFuckinVisser Sat 25-Mar-17 23:16:16

My local waitrose does this. One of them was a labrador rehoming charity, going up against a gardening fund for a preschool and a village hall maintenance fund. I put my token in the village hall one on the basis that DD went to judo club there.

shirleycartersaidso Sat 25-Mar-17 23:19:13

You don't have to do it if you don't like it! I can't see the problem tbh.

Hermagsjesty Sat 25-Mar-17 23:20:10

I know what you mean. I don't really like it either. I don't think you can necessarily judge the value of charitable causes with such limited knowledge and I also think it's not necessarily healthy for some vulnerable participants to see themselves as "in competition" in that way.

ZackyVengeance Sat 25-Mar-17 23:20:28

I łove it
If im stuck on deciding
Imgive it to a child

MrsDustyBusty Sat 25-Mar-17 23:23:32

I can't see the problem tbh.

I suppose there are a lot of very worthwhile charities that people might not be as inclined to support. So something that frightens or alienates people, like some mental health charities, could attract less funding than a playground, despite possibly having a greater need. I'd prefer if it wasn't organised to pander to the prejudices of the public.

Itwillbefine Sat 25-Mar-17 23:24:35

I always put my token into the one with the least.

AtHomeDadGlos Sat 25-Mar-17 23:25:31

God. Talk about first world problems

Allthebestnamesareused Sat 25-Mar-17 23:25:47

Yes its definitely split according to the percentage of the "vote". We raised funds for our local junior football club to pay for floodlit training for our teams in winter as we do not have floodlights at our pitch.

So if one charity gets 40% and one gets 33% and the other one gets 27% the split will be £400/£330 and £270.

I do the same - of there is not something I specifically support I put it in the one with the fewest.

AlmaMartyr Sat 25-Mar-17 23:25:58

I'm not wildly keen but all the charities get some of the money. I always put mine in the one that has least. I know a lot of the local charities really appreciate the little bit extra it brings. It does make me uncomfortable though, especially when some of the groupings seem a touch unfair.

ATruthUniversallyAcknowledged Sat 25-Mar-17 23:27:55

I love them. It's how I get ds off the toy car thing, "come on love, come put your coins in the box"

He is very fair though - one token in each box, thus completely defying the point of it.

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