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Friday, July 18, 2014

Too many charities bothering the lunch crowds

Don't get me wrong, I am not against giving to charity, I do it a lot, on my own terms, I've been doing a lot lately through Kickstarter type things, but the thing that bugs me the most are these people who are out in Center Grove daily accosting everyone that walks by.

They usually hang out in front of CocoWalk, but on City property, so CocoWalk cannot get them to move since they aren't on private property. They usually collect money or emails for the World Wildlife Fund, Fresh Air, Human Rights, Greenpeace and lots of other organizations. This guy at the left has a great spot, you're sort of trapped there at the corner of Virginia and Grand, in front of Maui Nix. It's hard to avoid them there.

The problem is that every day of the week there is a different organization, not realizing that for the previous days, other organizations were doing the same thing. The worst are these people in the pink shirt, they come out in droves, as many as six or eight.

In the past, I've handed some of the organizations cash on the spot and they've taken it, but I hear their main goal is to sign you up for their mailing list and to get you to donate through your credit card monthly. It's not a bad thing and they are all legitimate organizations from what I can see, but it's the way they go about it. They sort of swarm onto a person annoyingly. I've tried to explain that it's the same group of people walking by them every day and have been there, done that, heard all their spiels.

They can make you feel guilty because obviously they are nice people or they wouldn't be out volunteering for their cause, but it's just too much, too confined to a small area. The religious people that set up were asked to move, you can see them on South Bayshore Drive in front of Shake-A-Leg now, trying to joggers and bicyclers' attention. Maybe they should banish these charity people, too.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What degree of difference is between these "Charities" and the "Football scammers"?

July 18, 2014 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the time these folks take a polite "no" for an answer. This week, however, there were 3 folks from the ACLU in front of Cocowalk at one time, and one gentleman was quite pushy. I believe they are not volunteers, but are working on commission.

I don't have a problem with Human Rights Watch or whoever politely asking for a donation (in fact, the Human Rights watch people are usually very considerate) but this week I went out of my way to avoid Cocowalk -- and the ACLU workers -- because it was just such a pain.

Laura A.

July 18, 2014 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it makes you feel any better about the Grove, I was at Sunset yesterday and the ACLU folk were there too...

DKF

July 18, 2014 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are not volunteers. For each sign up they get a payment.

July 19, 2014 4:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're also @ Publix on 27th & Coral Way, inside from the cashiers, plus outside. Years ago when my phone rang early AM or late PM, 7/8/10 times in about 2 hrs., plus every time I went out, people asked for money, I learned to hang up the phone and smile @ those on the street and move on with a no guilt feeling. What else can a civilized person do? Jobie Steppe

July 19, 2014 3:01 PM  

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