Stores! Don't Ask Me for Charity
October 8, 2013
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.
I 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."
I 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.
(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. "
THE PEOPLE SPEAK
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.