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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+!


Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)

I think volunteer organizations are pretty different, honestly, and it comes across in the vibe of how they address you as well as in the structure of the organization and its effectiveness. The reason that I try to tamp down my resentment and be polite to them now (I usually say something like "I'm sorry, I'm running late for _____" [which I usually am, but anyway...]) is because I know most of the actual people on the street aren't the ones responsible for pissing me off. But around here -- the MASSPIRG people, anyway, can be *incredibly* awful and in-your-face. Like, blocking-your-path-and-not-letting-it-go in-your-face. I don't know whether there's a specific division here that trains them this way or what, but they really did nearly get me killed one time when I was trying to cross a very dangerous intersection and they blocked me from getting to the curb. They were always at that intersection and I'd seen them accost other passersby in the same way and after seeing that a few times it really amped up my already-sour feelings towards canvassers.

I tend to think of handing back a flyer outlining the reasons why I don't donate to organizations via canvasser -- nothing ad hominem regarding the canvassers themselves, just factual information on why it's not a good use of my money -- as being pretty passive-aggressive but not outright rude. There is a part of me that wants to let the canvassers know that I do have respect for their cause, and that's why I want to donate in a way that will do the most good for that cause. I'd stop and explain it to them if I ever had the time, which I never do, which is part of where the resentment comes in too...

Edited at 2009-07-02 12:13 am (UTC)

Posted by: Spencer Irving (archaica)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)

Whenever I see those people I think of Gary Oldman as Oswald in JFK - "Fair Play for Cuba!"

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