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July 1st, 2009 (05:23 pm)

I think I’m going to print off a bunch of copies of this article, or the relevant statistics therein, to hand out to the MASSPIRG folks and all those other path-blocking guilt-tripping people with the wide eyes and ingenuous smiles that I meet on the sidewalks like every damn day in spring and summer. I kind of don’t even want to admit how loony those people drive me. This is, of course, because I am ludicrously susceptible to guilt trips. If I can’t spare a moment for the environment, I must be a terrible person who bears the entire weight of global warming on her shoulders! So my thought process runs.

So yeah. I am happy to have documentation that justifies my seething, poorly suppressed loathing of those clipboard-bearing Stepford coeds. I seriously am going to make little statistics-laden flyers and, when confronted with a chirpy little voice asking me if I can spare just a minute to save AIDS-afflicted polar bears from illiteracy in the rainforests, I am going to smile brightly and say “Sorry! I can’t. Here’s why.” And then I am going to shove my own pamphlet at them, and watch as their lacquered happyfaces become interestingly distorted in their confusion. And I will be happy.

Thanks, Slate! About 75% of your other articles from today pissed me off, but this one is A+!

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Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: July 1st, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
disturb the comfortable

My sibling spent part of one summer canvassing for such a group. It was somewhat disturbing to do the math and realize that most of the money she raised for the charity in question went into her paycheck; kinda makes me question the efficiency of the whole system. Also made it easy for me to dodge them the one time that summer someone from the same organization approached me; I managed to imply I'd already donated by saying my sister worked for them.

Everyone was surprised she lasted in that job as long as she did (about a month, IIRC) before she quit.

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