Monday, November 30, 2009
Around the holidays, all the retailers start collecting donations for various charities. The store I work at is collecting for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, so whenever we’re at the register, we’re supposed to ask every customer if they’d like to donate a dollar. First, let’s think of all of the ridiculous things we probably do with one dollar in a day. Just one dollar. One dollar won’t even buy a soda out of a vending machine anymore. Basically, one dollar is pretty much nothing. I’m a poor college student, and every time I choose to make a purchase, I can always spare one dollar. Obviously, not all people have this mindset. I was surprised and upset at every single NO I received when asking customers to donate ONE dollar. And there were several of them. In fact, I’d say about 80 percent of my customers refused. Refused to give up ONE dollar. I have triple that in change lost for eternity under the passenger seat of my car. Now I’m just ranting. But I just wanted to make it clear, from my personal experience working in a retail store where only luxury goods are sold, that most people cannot manage to sacrifice one dollar for something good while blowing tons of money on themselves. I’ll never understand it. I’m trying my best not to judge them, but it makes me terribly sad. As I was reading through some Brangelina updates on the internet, I came across an article talking about how much the couple does for charities. I think the article said the couple had donated nearly $6 million to various charities this year. Not to mention all of the time they’ve spent themselves volunteering and helping out. My intent is not to praise them, but there really isn’t a way around it, especially after my discouraging weekend. I’ve no idea how much money the couple is worth. Frankly, it doesn’t matter. It’s just the fact that they gave when so many other people absolutely would not. I think we should consider things like this before making such harsh judgments.