Asking for donations at cash register is wrong

Some stores have taken to soliciting charity donations at the cash register. The cashiers ask each customer, point blank and in front of three or four others, to donate to some specific cause. Even people who are obviously destitute and probably homeless are asked to cough up.

What kind of person wouldn’t want to help eliminate breast cancer? Or hunger? Or poverty?

People have no chance to say they just gave or they can’t afford it or they don’t believe in favoring victims of one type of cancer over others. Either give or look like a heartless miser in front of others.

I doubt the cashier enjoys the encounter. She or he is there to work, not beg. This trend is obnoxious. Whenever possible, I avoid stores that engage in this practice.

Kurt Butler