Another charity case that I experienced today was those fundraiser people that haunt highstreets and attempt to guilt trip you into signing away you're bank account. I unfortunately made eye-contact with one of these people, but I avoided her by darting into a coffee shop. Here are other methods you can employ:
This is the simple technique of pretending to be talking to someone on your phone. Just put it to your ear and fake a conversation like this: "Really? What happened? [pause] Ah that sucks. What did she say? [pause] Well she had a point. Anyway, have to go. Bye." Once you are past them end your imaginary conversation, because let's face it, it's a bit sad. You may think this deceit is morally dubious, but it is the most moral of my methods.
The White Stick
This morning I observed that no-one bothers a person with a white stick. The mild irony was that the charity they were signing people up to was SeeAbility, so they'd be precisely who I'd be targeting. But no one is going to risk startling the blind person, are they?
The last resort
If you've left these props at home and you've been caught unawares by the fundraisers then you may have to opt for this one. It's simple, as they approach you clutch your chest and mutter into your shoulder. If they manage to make eye contact with you, look distressed and mutter louder.
My simple guide to avoiding those wretched charity collectors. Remember, desperate situations and desperate measures and all that.
- Would you have shared your hair products?
- Any other more ethical ways to avoid signing up to these charities?
- Do you think you shouldn't dismiss these poor people on the street anyway?