Does this make me an asshole?

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Everywhere you turn these days there’s a charity.

That’s fine, there are always people who need help, and as a society we should be doing everything we can to help them.

But, in the UK at least, charity is big business.

To be honest, I don’t really have a problem with that either. Although there is a vague hypocrisy when a CEO gets paid £240,000 per year, around $300,000, for a charity that says they’re desperate for more donations to do vital research.

I wonder how much of their salary gets donated back to the charity!

Anyhoo, that wasn’t the point of this email. The point was…

…any charity who aggressively chases me, and tries to make me feel guilty if I don’t give them money, or don’t give the what they deem to be enough money, can go get f***ed.

Does that make me an asshole?

Apparently it’s now absolutely fine to harass you with phone calls, letters, emails and text messages. If we did that with our marketing, we’d be shut down faster than you could say boo to a goose.

But because they’re charities, it’s fine.

Of course I support charities, we all do, we support the ones that have meaning to us, the ones that we have a personal connection to.

The others… I’ve started telling the people who hound me that I’ll donate whatever they want me to, if they personally match it and send me a proof every month that they’ve donated. Once they’ve done that I’ll happily send them a cheque.

What happens?

I get a… “I’m very sorry sir, I can’t do that

Which for me, says it all.

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1 Comment
  • Lou
    December 9, 2016

    Hi Michael,

    Interesting , well put, the thing in Britain they make programs on ripoff britain, per population there is a lot of it going on, some charitys are excellent, save the children fund , the blind etc, then you get the phone call ones who are there not only for charity but to line their own pockets with the so called administration costs.