Tonight I was cooking dinner when Kate and her friend Seth came to my door to tell me how horrible Ohio is with Coal Pollution and don't I think this is horrible? She asked this as if she was asking if beating a child is horrible. She then revealed that she is with the Ohio Citizen Action.
I am all for a clean environment. I am happy to sign your petition to pledge my support. I am even happy to go as far write a letter to my senator if you only tell me which one you would like to target. What I am not happy to do is to be bullied into giving you money. This was our conversation.
Me: I am cooking dinner. Can we please cut to the chase and tell me if I can sign your petition without giving a donation.
Kate: Would you like to do a check or credit card?
Me: I am so sorry, we are very involved in Relay For Life and give all our monetary donations to them.
Kate: We are looking for a household donation of $37.00. Can you meet or beat that?
Kate: My smallest donation yesterday was $2 in quarters. Can you meet or beat that?
Kate: It will really put some weight behind your signature if you contribute with a donation as well.
Kate: Can I ask you to write a letter?
Me: Sure. Do you have some information so I can send an intelligent letter?
Kate: (as she hands me a paper) It works the best if it is handwritten and put in an addressed envelope.
Me: Doesn't it have to be in an addressed envelope to get to the Senator?
Kate: If you have it written by 8:30 and tape it to your door, I will be back to pick it up so it can be sent in bulk. Can you have it written by then?
Kate: How about that donation?
Me: I shut the door.
Here is my beef with this. I did not have to justify my choice to not donate. I did anyway. Accept my decision and take what I am willing to give you. We live in a city that is not willing to give an extra $5.00 a week to pass a school levy. I sure as hell am not going to give my money to you. Also, before I give you that much money, I want to make sure your organization is using the money wisely. The American Cancer Society uses 93 cents of every dollar on research or programs to help the people affected by this disease. Plus, how do I know that your lobbying efforts are in my best interest as we are looking at all alternate energy sources.
In short, respect my time and answers or get the heck off my porch.