We give to charity when we can. Comic relief, Children in Need, Sport Relief, Race for life, the list goes on. We don’t begrudge giving money when we can, charities do fantastic work and rely on donations to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
When we need to buy something we go online, go in to the city, go to the supermarkets. We understand the whole process of supply and demand. There’s no problem there.
Because of this, we display a sticker on our front door stating that we don’t want anyone calling to sell us anything or ask for donations. In fact the only person who ever sees any money cross the threshold is the window cleaner.
So why is it that we still have people knocking on the door? This evening, approximately five minutes after Junior was in bed there was a banging on the front door. I assumed it may be our neighbour. Wrong.
When confronted by a young man in a red vest I knew it was someone who obviously couldn’t read the large sticker on our door, or had been told to ignore them and knock anyway. I didn’t say hello. I asked if he had an appointment. He replied that he didn’t but he was from a charity, was it alright? No it isn’t I replied in a friendly manner, my son has just gone to bed. He has had trouble sleeping due to the heat and a tooth coming through so I was less than happy to be disturbed when he was settled.
At this he tiptoed back across our driveway, tail between his legs. Junior began to cry.
I appreciate he has a job to do and has more than likely been told to knock anyway. That is what gets my back up. There were three of these ‘chuggers’ doing the rounds in our close. Talking loudly and harassing every household on our road, at the direction of their charity.
The last time this happened, the man banging on our door lost his job. I figure that if they can’t read a simple sticker then they shouldn’t be knocking on doors. Upon opening the door to him, he began to question Mrs L as to why we had a sticker at all.
Why do the charities need to do this? Can they really make much money doing this? I doubt it.
Like I said, if I want to donate money I will of my own free will and if I want solar panels I will go out and buy them myself. Just don’t come knocking on my door…