Whole Foods and "donations"
Was this an aberration or do they try this on everyone?
Went to Whole Foods after the gym. Get to the checker with my basket + reusable bag. I say, "there's a bag at the bottom." He starts to ask me if I want to buy a bag, but catches himself.
Checker: "do you want to donate your bag fee or deduct it?"
Checker: "Total is $37.19 - should I just round it up to $38 or $39 for a donation?"
Me: "No." delivered with my signature look.
I donate to the charities I want to donate to. I've never heard of any store doing this. How do you know what happens to that money?
That would annoy me. He didn't say what you were supposed to be donating to? I also don't appreciate when people are pushy like that.
This donation at checkout thing is everywhere, unfortunately.
"It's x month, then next month, disease x is up.
I'm sick of it. I particularly loathe being asked directly and having to turn them down. It's just so inappropriate.
I'm there to buy my damn groceries, not donate.
I also see the donation requests on the screen when I go to sign- another opportunity to pressure me to donate.
I donate plenty- I have my charities and am proud to support them.
I DO donate occasionally. Just a buck is no big deal when the mood strikes me, but it's the invasiveness that bugs me.
The constant barrage and begging for donations at every checkout is getting old.
It's usually for a local charity.
When it's happened to me at Whole Foods, the teller has told me what charity it was (last time, if I recall correctly, it was for a reading program for underserved youths or something along those lines).
It's not a big deal for me. If I don't want to do it, I just politely decline. If I'm cool withe charity, then rounding up some spare change, or a the price of a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee is really nothing I'm going to think too much about.