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laughinggravy · 10/06/2013 14:48

Long time lurker, raising my head above the parapet.

Just been to my local supermarket and asked at the checkout if I would like to donate £1 to X Charity - they scan the charity thing and it gets added to your bill.

I do several small shops through the week and this was the third time I've been asked in four days!

I declined. The checkout woman was polite, but I still felt like a meany.

I do give to charities (of my choosing) but I hate being under pressure to increase my shopping bill every time I go through the checkout.

Does anyone else feel like this, or AIBU?

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EyesCrossedLegsAkimbo · 10/06/2013 14:54

YANBU. Just say "I've already donated this week" all breezily even if you haven't

No one can afford to donate to every charity that asks. You are not a meany! Smile


laughinggravy · 10/06/2013 15:00

Thank you EyesCrossed.

Must practice my breezy tone Smile

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ItsYonliMe · 10/06/2013 15:03

That's awful gravy. What supermarket was it? I think it's really bad form and I certainly wouldn't donate in those circumstances.

I'd just say "no thank you" and wouldn't feel bothered about it at all but I do think it would put certain customers under pressure. Horrible.


hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman · 10/06/2013 15:04

I dislike it. Tesco have started doing this and I think it's wrong to put this subtle pressure onto their customers.


laughinggravy · 10/06/2013 15:13

It is Tesco.

I agree, I think it does put customers under pressure.

It gets my back up, even if it is a charity I support, I don't want to feel forced into donating.

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SkinnybitchWannabe · 10/06/2013 15:13

I work on a checkout and I would absolutely hate to have to do this. Tbh I think I would refuse then get a bollocking from my managers


BrokenBanana · 10/06/2013 15:22

Jeez, if you had to give money to every charity person that asks then so far today I'd be spending £4 a month on an adopted animal, £3 on saving some kids in Africa, £5 for some charity I can't remember now, never mind all the buskers, people with charity boxes, cub scouts helping pack the shopping bags, and that's all from one day!

You just can't give to everyone who asks!


ParadiseChick · 10/06/2013 15:32

Jsut go 'nope' and leave it at that. Don't feel guilty, don't think that the checkout operator even gives a shit whether you donate or not, don't even think about it or make excuses - nope nope nope.


FirstStopCafe · 10/06/2013 15:32

I also find this very awkward and hate saying no. Need to practice my breezy tone too


laughinggravy · 10/06/2013 15:50

Glad it's not just me then.

Skinny I didn't even think about the poor checkout operators having to ask all day long!


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DiscoDonkey · 10/06/2013 15:56

Horrible for check out people and customers! Just say no thanks, I'm sure the check out person won't give a stuff!


LRDtheFeministDragon · 10/06/2013 16:15

I've got into the habit of saying 'sorry, but it actually puts me off donating'. I know it's a bit harsh but it is also the truth and I think people need to know some people feel like that.


Roary1 · 10/06/2013 16:18

I would not be surprised if tesco get a cut of this donated cash...probably take it as some sort of over-inflated fee to let the charity use their store.


Sunnywithshowers · 10/06/2013 16:30

Roary it's unlikely that Tesco will take a cut, and they probably aren't charging for this either. If this is part of their 'charity of the year' promotion, it's all about them getting positive publicity from supporting charity.

If they took a cut from the cash they would have to declare it.


EagleRiderDirk · 10/06/2013 16:34

Dominos have this thing with paypal where you can round up to the nearest pound for charity. I quite like that idea. However I'd hate to be asked for that every time I was in Tesco, and can only imagine how little the staff would like it too.


ENormaSnob · 10/06/2013 16:36

It really bugs me and i have no qualms in declining.



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CloudsAndTrees · 10/06/2013 16:41

Yanbu. It is an intrusion that completely goes against that charity should be about IMO. I appreciate that charities have to make their money somehow, but they could promote in a less blatant way.

Saying that, I support the charity Tesco are currently working with so I'd have said yes.

I'm the person who has sent my Pizza Hut bill back and asked for the 15p for a cup of rice to be removed from it, so usually these things irritate me a lot!


Binkybix · 10/06/2013 16:59

It's worse when they add donations automatically, so you have to ask for them to be removed.i don't think I've ever done this, though I've sometimes wanted to.


MrsJohnHarrison · 10/06/2013 17:05

Trust me, most of the staff hate it too.


Sunnywithshowers · 10/06/2013 19:14

YANBU, by the way.

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