I am annoyed. It happened in Santa Monica from time to time, but DC has a bunch more on a bunch more corners…people asking for money. I’m not talking about homeless people. No. I’m talking about those preppy white I’m-working-at-a-non-profit-because-my-parents-can-pay-my-rent kids on almost every street corner asking money for the cause of the day. And they see you coming about a block away and say ridiculous things like “do you have a minute to stop global warming today?”
The problem is that the corporations they work for are all good and just: CARE, Human Rights Campaign, Democrats, and others that I believe in. But I do not believe in giving people money on the street – I prefer to donate online. Like I’m gonna give some kid $20 cash because he has a 3-ring binder that has an emblem on it. Or a check with my bank account number or my credit card number. When I tell them that I’ll just donate online (because of course I get suckered in by stammering that I’m late for a meeting that starts in an hour cause I can’t get it together…where is my improv money going?!?), they all say that donating on the street helps to pay for the grassroots effort. And I want to yell, “EXACTLY!!” Quit bugging me. I’m not going to give YOU money, nor do I support you freezing your ass off asking random folks on the street for money. What does that accomplish?
Which makes me wonder how much they raise that way. I only gave one time to CARE because the guy had the best line “you can give with a credit card that is about to expire.” Bingo! Two months of payments and I’m home free. Now leave me alone.