Should charity collectors be allowed in cafes?October 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Daily Life | 2 Comments
Tags: Charity donations, chuggers, Help for Heroes
On Friday I was waiting in a small café for a friend to join me and I was approached at my table by a very nice chap shaking a Help for Heroes tin and asking for donations.
I was slightly taken a back, being engrossed in my own thoughts whilst taking a Diet Coke break.
As a family we probably give to charity on a weekly basis via a combination of street collections, charity bag donations and regular clear outs to local shops – including Help for Heroes.
We also take part in school fundraising activities for charities and give one-off donations for big annual causes like Comic Relief.
So, seeing as I was enjoying a small space I had assigned as ‘my time’, I didn’t expect to be approached at the table and I didn’t give any money as a result. I politely explained that we gave lots of donations to the local Help for Heroes shop and he carried on going from table to table.
Others in the café were eating lunch and were putting down paninis to retrieve purses or go through pockets.
I was really surprised that he obviously had permission from the café, as it was a little place and he couldn’t go unnoticed.
So, of course my immediate reaction was, ‘what does Twitter say?’.
The response was overwhelming when I asked whether it’s acceptable.