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Stores! Don't Ask Me for Charity

October 8, 2013

gcat.jpg(Grumpy Cat was asked for a donation)

Cashiers are asking customers
to make a donation. This is another
intrusion into our privacy.  

by Henry Makow Ph.D.

Lately, we are being asked for a small donation every time we buy something at a store or post office.

I resent this on so many levels.

please give.jpgI don't want to look into my soul every time I buy anything: "Why don't you help children get playground equipment?"

Is this a store or a church?

I don't want the cashier and other customers to see my inner curmudgeon.

I pay my income and property taxes. They support an army of social workers. They pay for welfare. 

I pay a sales tax every time I buy anything. Now they're guilting me into paying an additional sales tax.
A soul tax. No thank you!

Sometimes the pitch is quite inventive. "Would you like to round that $3.60 up to $4.00 and make a donation to Womens' Diabetes Research?" 

I usually say" "Sorry, I don't trust charities."

lightning.jpgI wait to be struck by lightning. Usually nothing happens. The cashier, who is forced into the role of fundraiser, as if his job and stipend were not challenging enough, usually just shrugs.

Occasionally one will look at me uncomprehendingly, and then I just gather my goods and scurry away. (Not really. I don't care.)

Today, to my relief, another customer agreed with me, " Charities usually spend 10% for the cause and pocket the rest."

That was nice. But it's not just corruption. If there were time or interest, I'd tell the cashier:

"Corporations are all joined by invisible threads, (i.e. Rockefeller control) and they all seem to jump on the same causes at once. The Illuminati have always controlled big charities and used them for their own nefarious purposes.  Their tax exempt foundations have mounted a psychological war on us for a century.

photo6510.png(left, Illuminati dot in circle)

Take PLAN'S pathetic "Because I am a girl" campaign. It is designed to foster family breakdown in the Third World. They say it's to end "gender discrimination."(i.e. like having a gender. So they discriminate against boys. Feed a girl! they say. Let a boy starve.)  Some charities even have Illuminati motifs in their logos.

The whole "pink" campaign for endless "cancer research" is quite invasive and coercive. People are being attacked for not participating.  Men and boy athletes are being forced to wear pink. 

I don't trust any mainstream charities. Sorry for the few not run by the Illuminati.

I give money to people I like and believe in, usually in the conspiracy field. Not a lot. I'm not pretending to be a philanthropist. I will answer the appeals of my fellow conspiracy theorists or pay the odd contributor in need. At least, I know where the money is going. "


It seems I am not alone. In a poll, about 90% of the people asked said they didn't like being dunned. About half of these said a "passive approach" (i.e. a collection box) would be OK.

One objector wrote :

"And before everyone starts jumping down my throat for being cheap/unfeeling/whatever, I have no problem with donating to charities. However, I like to decide which charities to support on my own...I don't need the help of some company that I happen to buy stuff from on occasion. The whole approach just stinks. "

I'll second that! The whole approach just stinks.
PS -- Since writing this I sat down with a professional fundraiser who confirmed what many Commenters said, the stores get a 50% tax refund for the money their customers donate to charity. Even if they donate that, they will get half of that back.  Also, he said many charities like "Mothers Against Drunk Driving" use professional fundraisers who keep 95% of the donations. -


Other people have sounded off:
Jonathan Kay in the National Post

First Comment from Dan:

I was hoping you'd bring this up, Henry.  It's become rampant.  Since I do real volunteer charity work, I can assure you that corporate "charity" is a racket.  As best 30 cents of your dollar converts to actually charity.  After the cream is skimmed off by a handful of 'executive officers', lots actually goes into corporate charity pools.  This is how some of the money a shopper thinks is going to breast cancer can be diverted to Planned Parenthood, since according to their definition of 'women's health', breast cancer and abortion go under the same umbrella.

The corporate NGO charities combine is actually conditioning society to be less charitable.   The old expression (from a Dickens novel), "Charity begins at home" means children learn charity from watching how their parents treat people they know in real situations.


Comments for "Stores! Don't Ask Me for Charity"

Dick P said (October 10, 2013):

Stores! Don't ask me for charity

I agree!

What must we do, wear no soliciting signs around our necks at checkout. Most of clerks and cashiers wouldn't understand anyway.

I don't want to be rude but I will if provoked in any way.

Yvonne said (October 9, 2013):

Thanks, for the timely article, Henry.

Nice knowing that individual honesty is taking precedence over the fear, guilt, and shame that the mind controllers work overtime to generate, keeping US in a mind-controlled trance.

I've always told the Whole Foods cashiers at their three different chains where I shop regularly, "No", when asked to donate (the few pennies for bringing my own bags to shop) to whatever charity they ask me. Thought I was alone in not shelling out by the facial reaction of an occasional cashier.

Interestingly enough, I haven't been asked to donate for at least the past month, and this is by cashiers that I have not checked out with before. Apparently, Whole Food Management has or is getting the message.

Appreciative subscriber,

V said (October 9, 2013):

Great article Henry. I feel sorry for the poor minimum wage cashiers that are made to ask customers for charitable donations.

I remember years ago working for Wal-Mart. The store owner was always soliciting the employees who most of them made minimum wage for donations to Wal-Mart's main charity, Children's Miracle Network.

Here is how clever these bastards are (as some of your readers comments have noted). When you, an employee donate to Wal-Mart's charity it is done on BEHALF of Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is getting the tax breaks that go with charity giving and Wal-Mart looks good by being a responsible, charitable company.

You the employee don't even get a tax receipt for the money that was given to Wal-Mart as a charitable gift as the money was given on BEHALF of Wal-Mart and not on behalf of yourself.

Wal-Mart is not alone on this as countless other companies have joined the bandwagon to make themselves look good and get a tax break off of their employees and know customers donations.

These rich companies like Wal-Mart if they are so generous they should donate their own money and leave their employees and customers alone but they don't.


Ron said (October 9, 2013):

I just had this done again to me. I know the cashiers do not want to ask this. You can tell but who started this and why.

I think the luciferians are training the sheeple in complete obedience, down to even the begging of funds. I think they enjoy torturing souls minds

Linda said (October 9, 2013):

I just read an article very similar in content to your latest, Stores! Don't Ask Me for Charity.

Thought you might appreciate it: I'M SORRY, BUT I WAS BORN THIS WAY

People are sick of government intrusion into one's conscience and heart - sacred ground - hypocrites, how dare they.

Greg said (October 9, 2013):

Just to rub salt in the wound ... the company collecting our money then passes whatever amount collected to the charity and then gets a tax receipt for donating our money.

Ain't that a kick in the head.

Doug P said (October 9, 2013):

I agree with you and most of the people on here who have commented. I always say and believe that I do not trust charities - I think of the Cancer Society as people who are trying to cause cancer - researching drugs that don't fix people and not telling them about nutrition which is preventative. The older cashiers tend to laugh a bit - and they are laughing with me. The younger ones think I'm odd most of the time. I try to educate people wherever I meet them.

But on the subject of money and payments, the income tax isn't a tax - its a return. No where on CRA or IRS literature is it called an "income tax". Its not a tax, its simply a return of part of your earnings - for what ? Its the priviledge of using corrupt money. And it only pays for the champagne wishes and caviar dreams of monsters.

We get tricked about where are money goes and what it pays for all the time.

I have always given to pan-handlers and people in true need.

JV said (October 9, 2013):

It's a racket all right; the foot soldier 'useful idiots' are often old ladies sitting at post office steps or liquor stores collecting money for heads of this racket where most funds go to staff (French Cancer Society, 80% went to the organization). Recently, the CEO of the Kelowna food bank gets a hundred grand.

Mary said (October 8, 2013):

Thank you for writing this article. I share the same feelings. After doing my own research, I realized that most big charities are scams and most donations do not reach the people.

Therefore, I do not donate to anything (for trust issues; you don't know where the money is really going).

On the other hand, I do give money out constantly to panhandlers, beggars, etc. At least I know the money is going directly to the person in need.

My young daughter is normally with me, so she gets to see the transaction. I know there is always the chance that the individual will spend the money on drugs, alcohol (that old argument).....but I am willing to take that risk.

Stefan said (October 8, 2013):

It is important for your readers to understand Social Marketing techniques designed to create fear, guilt or shame in its target audience to induce behavioral changes.


KPR said (October 8, 2013):

For the last few years my local Safeway (an overpriced grocery store if ever there was one) has guilted the gullible into 'donating' their change to Safeway's 'cause of the month'.

What I found interesting is that when Safeway turns this cash donated by their customers over to the charity in question, Safeway receives the positive press and the thanks for the donation. 'We'd like to thank Safeway Stores, and their customers, for this generous donation!', says the charity's PR flack, while surrounded in Safeway logos and brands.

That's pretty sharp. Get others to turn over their hard earned cash to you and then you get the thanks when you dole it out (it wouldn't surprise me to learn they take a percentage off the top for their 'expenses' as well, but I don't know for certain).

The Safeway is near my business and the last time I was in there (I try to avoid it like the plague but sometimes convenience trumps good sense) I was charged $6 and change for a single red cabbage and then the store had the nerve to ask me to 'give back' to their charity of choice. A cold and simple 'No' sufficed that day and if more lemmings would also be offended by the request (as they should be) these mega corporations would drop the charity charade and get back to the basics of what they do best.... ripping off their customers in new and novel ways.

Tony B said (October 8, 2013):

Many years ago, when the U.S. Postal Service was still a total government operation, I was for some years a mail carrier in a mid-sized city, a city now in bankruptcy. During my first year a supervisor came to each carrier one morning with a clipboard and pencil. He asked me how much of my paycheck I was going to give to the ubiquitous United Fund. When I told him nothing he said I had to give something, that everyone gives something. I told him again "nothing." When he insisted, even threatening my job, I told him to go to hell, that the Post Office would regret the lawsuit to follow. The attempted intimidation went on periodically until the "campaign" was over for that year. The mandatory news article lied saying that all at the Post Office had contributed. When my fellow carriers snickered at me, I informed them in firm tones that I had NOT contributed. The next year about 20 did not give. The third year United Fund had very little success at the Post Office and the newspaper did not lie about it.

I did a little follow up investigation after that first year and discovered that the local United Fund had adjoining, open door offices with a local chapter of a National Jewish organization. Can't, at present, bring back to mind which one but I remember being extremely pissed off about it.

Sandeep said (October 8, 2013):

I too am totally sick of this beggar-society where people/organizations just ask for money without doing anything and trying to guilt people into giving anything. Most of the time these organizations are so corrupt that it is not even worth giving a dime. Recently I read that the head of the charities are getting huge payouts for doing whatever they are doing.

In the end this is basically donation money, unless I am misinformed about that. It is just a disgrace. Considering that some of those charities are globalist outfits who help foster in destabilization operations I have just stopped giving a f*** about them. It's my money and I earned it. I keep it.

My attitude is the same with the real beggars on the street. The majority just waste it on alcohol and cigarettes and even when they beg they have a bottle laying around or are already drunk. It is harsh to say but people need to help themselves sometimes. It is a lot easier to ask for it. I am not participating in this anymore.

Anne said (October 8, 2013):

When a major up-scale grocery/health food chain started hounding customers for donations at checkout several years ago I cut back on shopping there on principle, and told the store manager so. When I do shop there, and am asked for a donation, I politely refuse and ask whether the store would like to donate to my cause [me!].

I think people should avoid shopping at places that engage in this public shaming of their own customers.

Victoria said (October 8, 2013):

As usual, I find my attitude is very much like your own. I make a point of never giving to any charity that has government support and I don't feel the slightest bit guilty about spurning them, knowing full well of the corruption in that industry.

The two charities (both Canadian) which are both very worthy in my opinion are, the Fauna Foundation (which takes in chimpanzees who have been used in medical research and gives them a happy few years of life in a natural setting before they die and Sleeping Children Around the World (which provides bed kits for children in third world countries ). They are both successful and very competent charities. Fauna refuses all government money because if they took it, the animals could be taken back into research at any time; SCAW (its acronym), was founded by hockey goalie, Ken Dryden's dad, and is operated completely by volunteers - hence, their competence, to my thinking.

I also put tips into the ubiquitous jars that have sprung up in coffee shops and other places where people serve the public. The fact that their (usually) corporate owners don't reimburse them generously doesn't deter me from acknowledging their service, particularly if it is above and beyond what is required - especially a smile and a pleasant attitude.

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at