Canadia here, and its beginning to become that time of the year when charities are racking in donations. One particular customer for me stuck out from the rest however. This took place when I was at Burger Joint (the good one) when I was still living with my ex.
Every year Burger Joint does cancer donations for November & December. This was two months after my dad was given a few months to live so going into work and asking for donations related to his sickness was a mix of emotions for me. On one side I was supporting research for this devastating medical condition but on the other side it was a daily reminder for what was going on at home. Needless to say I got pretty into it, if a customer didn't want to they would say the usual;
"I already did today." "Some other time." "Not right now."
This one guy however comes up to my till and when I finish ringing in his order I pop the question. "Would you like to make a dollar donation towards cancer research?"
Did he say; I already did today? No.
Did he say; Some other time? No.
Did he say; Not right now? No.
Did he say; You know what, all that cancer research is a bunch of bullshit. Just to get free money to pay those scientists to do jack shit.
Why yes! Yes he did.
Merry fucking Christmas (or Happy Holidays if you have a bug shoved up your ass) to you too asshole. Whether or not cancer research is actually a sham or not, when your family has been touched a lot by cancer like mine this isn't exactly something you want to hear. Right now based on genetics I'm at an above average risk so it's basically like hearing a death sentence. There's no way he could have known this at all but to me it seems like one of those things that you need to seriously think about before opening your mouth.
They were rambling about how much of a chore it is to stand in the returns line up to return Christmas presents to buy more expensive stuff. Is this normal for a retail environment? I
've never done it no matter how horrendous the tops are (usually give em to charity) but if you're bothered by something that much is it too much trouble to simply ask for cash for Christmas?